Campbell set for Arsenal return

by Neil Sherwin

Sol Campbell looks set to return to former club Arsenal after he appeared for their reserve team game against West Ham at Upton Park last night.

The 35 year old has been a free agent since he left Notts County earlier this seasonand will return to the Gunners on what is believed to be a six month deal.

His last game for the Gunners was the 2006 Champions League final and the England international expressed his delight at being given the opportunity to return to the club.

“There are still a few technicalities to iron out, but I have signed for Arsenal until the end of the season, and it’s fantastic, great, marvellous,” he said.

“The old enthusiasm is back. I’m ecstatic really to be back at Arsenal, and I have worked bloody hard to get there.”

Campbell played the first half in a 4-2 win last night and afterwards he was quick to praise Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for having faith in him.

“Arsene Wenger has been an inspiration,” he said. “He has watched me closely after letting me train at Arsenal for nearly two months now.

“He’s not stupid – he wouldn’t have taken me back if he didn’t like what he has seen, and I have worked and worked. I do believe I can contribute.

“I really have my confidence and fitness back and I believe I can make a big, big contribution.”

Campbell could now be included in the first team squad to face Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.

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