It looks increasingly likely that Sol Campbell will re-sign for Arsenal and is in the reserves’ squad to face West Ham at Upton Park tonight.
Campbell had a short spell at Notts County after leaving Porstmouth but since then has been training with us and last week this sparked rumours AW was about to offer him a short term deal. The latest reports suggest he will sign a pay-as-you-play deal sooner rather than later.
The talk is that Campbell is back after the club accidentally announced the deal on the official website. This comes days after AW admitted he was considering a sensational return for the 35-year-old. AW said last week: ‘Sol has a fantastic attitude and good fitness. He’s positive with the young players.’ I honestly thought it was AW playing with the Press as so often does but when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Despite his age, he must have proved his fitness to the boss and with Phil Senderos seemingly on his bike, Campbell gives us cover.
AW must have thought long and hard over the move, as no doubt he did when PV4 was up for grabs from Inter Milan and ended up at Manchester City. But PV4 is a midfielder and legs are the name of the game when you are doing box to box for 90 minutes. A central defender’s lot is differnt entirely. Along with a keeper, a centre-half can mature with age and the ability to read the game can compensate for any lack of pace of physical shorcomings.
So who will he be up against to get a game with the glorious Gunners? Obviously Tommy V and Bill G are the main men but we saw agaisnt Everton that Gallas is getting on when he went down with a back problem and any player is always just one kick away from a lengthy spell on the sidelines — just ask RVP et al. So we defeinitely need cover.
As I said, Senderos is said to have had a barny with AW and looks likely to make a move and that leaves Micky Silvestre and we are never quite sure what we are going to get with him, although his no-nonsense approach to defending isn’t dismilar to that of Campbell.
Johan Djourou is out for the season, while Alex Song, who can slot in the central defensive pairing if required, is on duty with Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations.
So, overall I think it is a bold move and can’t see how it can hurt us other than if he suffers another mental block at some point and does one at half-time like he did against West Ham all those years ago.
And it is the Hammers who he comes face to face with tonight, reportedly, where if he starts he will be marking the lively young striker Freddie Sears.

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