Sol Campbell certainly seems fired up after securing a six-month deal with the Arsenal judging by his quotes in Her Majesty’s Press this morning.
And the Mirror today reports that Campbell wants to prove he can still play at the top level and has hailed Paulo Maldini as his inspiration because the AC Milan defender did not retire until he was 41.
He said: “My dream is to stay on past the end of the season, but who knows? The hard work was getting to this position, but the real work starts now. If Arsenal keep training me like this, then I think I can carry on for another two, three years, real good quality.
“People like Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini are an inspiration. If you look after yourself and you’ve got the determination, for me that’s the important thing. The main thing is for me is that whenever I get a chance (with Arsenal) I want to bloody show what I can do.
“David James playing for England at 40 is an inspiration to me. But the main thing for me is step-by-step and go from there.”
He adds in the Daily Star: “I’m in better shape than I was in the summer, big- time. I’ve really applied myself. The Arsenal staff have done wonders.
Campbell’s return seems to have redoubled Phil Senderos’s efforts to get out the hell out of Dodge and he tells this morning’s Current Bun: “I want to go. I need to be playing ahead of the World Cup and I don’t want to play in the reserves any more. I really just want to leave.”
The tabloid says the Swiss centre-half insists he must get away from the Emirates this month to save his World Cup dream. The centre-half has managed only two Carling Cup appearances this season after returning from a season’s loan at AC Milan last year.
Hmm, can’t understand why the Italian giants didn’t keep him…or indeed why they don’t want him back.
Elswhere today, the Daily Mail reports that Brolly Wally Steve McClaren has moved to sign Jack Wilshere on loan until the end of the season.
The paper says that the former England manager has guided his FC Twente side to the summit of the Dutch League this season but injuries have forced him to search for a new playmaker.
But the paper says it understands that McClaren must first offload a member of his squad to free up the money to cover the wages for the England under-21 international, who signed a lucrative new deal in July after bursting on to the scene last season. Don’t send him to this mumbling, bumbling fool, Arsene, it’ll shatter his confidence.
The Daily Telegraph says AW is keen for the player to gain the experience he needs to improve and said earlier this month that he would allow Wilshere to go out on loan once Arsenal’s injury list was reduced.
With Cesc Fabregas and Gaël Clichy returning for Sunday’s league match away to Bolton Wanderers – although Denilson will be absent with an abdominal muscle problem – and with Nicklas Bendtner also close to full fitness, the situation is rapidly improving, adds the Telegraph.
The paper goes on to say that AW had expected Wilshere to be loaned to a Premier League club and revealed that he had held talks with Owen Coyle before he quit Burnley for Bolton. There is, however, a long list of clubs now after Wilshere, who is regarded as the most exciting young talent in British football and has captured the imagination of England manager Fabio Capello.
So highly is Wilshere rated that if he had been playing regularly – and well – this season then it was not beyond the bounds of possibility that Capello would have included him in the squad for the World Cup finals. Er, no chance.

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