Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Sol Campbell... Returning to Arsenal?

First Patrick Vieira returns to the Premier League. And now Sol Campbell is poised for a return to Arsenal. Yes, this is a blog being written in 2010 and not 2004!

According to Sky Sports, the former England international and Notts County centre back is playing for Arsenal in their reserve team match against West Ham this evening. Presumably he has been training with the side recently too.

Sol Campbell played for Arsenal between 2001 and 2006, winning the FA Cup 3 times, the Premier League twice and a Champions League runner up in his final season with the Gunners. He then moved to Portsmouth for three seasons.

In his day, Campbell was one of the top English defenders in the league. His strength mixed with his heading and tackling abilities were a big part of the Arsenal invincibles in 2003/04. While you would expect him to retain those abilities, his pace and fitness will be the big questions, now 35 and having been without a club since leaving Notts County in September. Campbell only played once for Notts County, a 2-1 defeat at Morecombe before walking out on the club.

Everyone who is freaking out about this trial should calm down and look at the big picture. Campbell would only be signed as backup to William Gallas and Thomas Vermaelen who have paired up in every one of Arsenal's Premier League games this season. Campbell's services would then likely be limited and his experience could help their young reserves whom he plays with tonight. But Campbell is only on trial for now.

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At 13 January 2010 at 00:27 , Anonymous no wenger no said...

this would be the worst signin ever


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