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76 - James Campbell
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:10:43 PM »

James was another young Gunner who unfortunately saw his opportunities considerably restricted in his maiden season as a scholar because of injury.

Capable of playing at left-back and also in central-midfield, he made seven Premier Academy League appearances in all, including four starts, but didn’t feature after January following a succession of injury problems which included shin splints.

Efficient at breaking up play and also at embarking on overlapping runs, James will be hoping for better luck this time around and, if he stays fit, is likely to be a regular for Steve Bould’s side.

Born November 1, 1993
Signed scholarship Summer 2010

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Second Year Scholar
Born: Welwyn Garden City, November 1, 1993
Position: Defender
Height: 5ft 10 in
Weight: 10st 1lb

By Lambros Lambrou

James Campbell turned 18 on the night of the Marseille game and the young Gunner celebrated his birthday as a spectator up in the North Bank. Less than three weeks earlier he was on the pitch looking up at the fans, as a player.

“It was really quite surreal. I have been an Arsenal fan for as long as I can remember and my family has always had season tickets in the North Bank here and at Highbury. For years I have watched and admired the players, my heroes on the pitch, but here I was playing on the grass with my boots on and beating a good Chelsea side 1-0 - that made it extra special.

“It was a good game and the fans that stayed behind made it special for us all. We were told who was in the starting XI the day before the game, so we had the night to get used to that fact and it was a tough match but I really enjoyed myself.

"I felt comfortable and enjoyed playing in a relaxed way. I believe I was able to express myself and overall we were all happy with the performance and the fans were really good to us. If we do well enough to come back and play at the Emirates in the FA Youth Cup we will all know what to expect.”

James and his colleagues watched the first-half of the Stoke game last month and then went to the changing rooms to get ready for their own match: “We were initially all sitting behind the dugout in the paddock watching the game, but getting quite excited. We went into our changing rooms at half-time to get ready but we all had half a mind still on the game.

We were listening out for the fans and we knew when Robin van Persie came on and when that he scored because of the cheering and noise that carried into our dressing room,” recalls the defender.

James has had a good run this season which is in major contrast to last term, when he spent many, many months side-lined with shin-splints: “I had a difficult year with injuries last season, but things are going very well for me now and I am able to show what I can do and I hope to carry on doing that so that I can achieve a professional contract.

“The physios and our fitness coach were a great help as I did a lot of work in the summer and I was properly prepared and up to speed. I also had a really good pre-season which has set me up perfectly,” explains the left-back.

“I want to play as many games as I can and hopefully that will be enough to show my value and earn a professional contract. I have been with Arsenal since I was an eight year-old and signing professional terms is my ambition and dream, but it is not something I think about all the time because I know that the only thing I can do to influence it is train hard, play well, keep progressing and showing what I can do.

"Everything else will look after itself and in truth, the feed back I am getting from my coaches and peers is all positive which is helping me feel confident and positive.”

The arrival of Andre Santos has also helped the 18 year-old: “I have been watching him a lot. Like all the new players he has taken a little while to settle but as a full-back I recognised his ability early on, I could relate to what he was doing and trying to do. He is world class,” states James.

“He is brilliant and I have learnt a lot from him. Santos is so composed on the ball. Very sure of himself and never rushes into anything, that’s something that I have adopted and I believe I showed in our game at the Emirates.”

Who did you play for before Arsenal?
Wormley Youth

What’s been the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
Get to the highest level you can

What was your best moment in football before joining Arsenal?
Winning the Canvey Island Tournament with Wormley Youth

Which team did you support growing up?

Who did you pretend to be on the playground?
Zinedine Zidane

Which other sports were you good at at school?

Which person has been the most influential on your football career so far?
Danny Buck, a coach


If you could choose any car in the world, what would it be?
Audi R8

Which current Arsenal player is your role model?
Thomas Vermaelen

What’s the best thing about being part of the Academy?
Belonging to Arsenal Football Club

Tell us three words to describe you as a player...
Composed, intelligent, winner

Who is your favourite comedian?
Jack Dee

Tell us something not many people know about you?
I have a season ticket in the North Bank at the Emirates
« Last Edit: February 23, 2012, 01:40:05 PM by TCP_13 »
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76 - James Campbell
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:10:43 PM »