Sol doesn't storm off at half-time against West Ham shock

Sol Campbell made a dignified departure from the pitch against West Ham at half-time last night compared to the rather more infamous exit after 45 minutes against the Hammers a few years back.
This time, Campbell was completing a remarkable return to the Arsenal, playing the first half in a 4-2 win over the pie-n-mash eaters’ second string to bring him up to match fitness in readiness for his role in AW’s squad.
And guess what? The papers are all over the story this morning, with the Sun’s headline ‘Sol Gamble’ the best of the bunch.
The redtop goes on to say that both Hull and Newcastle also made inquiries to snap up Campbell but a return to Arsenal and a chance to win trophies proved irresistible. Trophy, singular, would do.
Campbell said: “There have been a few clubs, quite a bit of speculation. But going back to Arsenal – well, that is serious, and I am serious about this. I’ve missed it and I’ve a gut feeling this is the right move.
“It’s no longer a hunger to get back, it’s turned into a craving. I am champing at the bit. I’m fresh, I’m raring to go. It’s unbelievable to be back. That was great but 45 minutes was enough for me.”
What’s the betting Sol gets a run in the FA Cup clash with Stoke City later this month but he’ll have to shed some beef before he gets in the squad – he did look chunky from what footage I saw on Sky Sports News this morning.
For my money, the signing of Sol makes a lot of sense, given the sparsity of central defenders at the club and taking it as a given that Phil Senderos is off to find first team football ahead of the World Cup.
The Daily Mail picks up on an interview Sol gave to ESPN before his appearance at Upton Park.
He said: “I cannot tell you how much I’ve missed playing after being out so long since leaving Notts County. There are still a few technicalities to be ironed out but I am signing until the end of the season, and it’s fantastic, great, marvellous.
‘I’m ecstatic to be back at Arsenal and I have worked bloody hard to get there. Arsene Wenger has been an inspiration. He has watched me closely after letting me train at Arsenal for nearly two months. He’s not stupid – he wouldn’t have taken me back if he didn’t like what he has seen.’
If Sol can come back, then why not Matty Flamini? Well, the Daily Mirror claims that Tottenham are set to make a shock move to bring our former midfielder Mathieu Flamini back to north London.
Apparently Flamini has struggled to command a regular place with AC Milan this season and has been asked to play out of position at full-back and the wheeler-dealer that is Harold Redknapp is said to be keen.
Sod that, Matt — come back to Arsenal and at least we can then show Denilson the door and you can then give old lazy legs Abou Diaby an idea of what work rate is….
The tabloid also carries news of another arrival in N5, with the story that AW has signed Bolivian starlet Samuel Galindo from under the noses of David Moyes’s Everton.
The paper reports that AW snatched the attacking midfielder, who is his country’s under-21 skipper at just 17, after Moyes had him with his club for training but failed to tie up the deal.
Galindo headed for London instead, spent one day with the Gunners and worked out with their first team. AW promptly agreed to sign him and his family ‘took him out for a VIP meal to celebrate’, says the paper.
Lord only knows what a VIP meal is – if you’ve ever had one please let me know of what it consists. So that brings the curtain down on another mediocre backpage round-up. Be sure to check back later for news of Tony Adams replacing Pat Rice as Arsenal’s No.2…well, it has to happen sometime soon doesn’t it?

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