In a shock piece of news out-of-contract Sol Campbell has confirmed that he will be resigning with Arsenal until the end of season.
The former Arsenal defender has been training with Arsene Wenger and the rest of the boys for the past two months and actually played for the reserve team as they beat West Ham 4-2 at Upton Park last night.
Campbell’s (rather detailed) comments prior to playing West Ham were as follows:
“I shall be playing in the reserves at Upton Park tonight – it must be two years since I last played there. I cannot wait. I cannot tell you how much I’ve missed playing after being out so long since leaving Notts County.
“I need to get minutes under my belt, a couple of reserve games at least, before I can start looking any further ahead. I hope to sign for Arsenal until the end of the season. There are still a few technicalities to iron out, but I want to sign for Arsenal until the end of the season, and it’s fantastic, great, marvellous.
“The old enthusiasm is back. I’ve got to tell you it seems as though I have never been away. I’m ecstatic really 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 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 believe I can make a big, big contribution. There is fantastic quality all around the pitch within this Arsenal team and I want to be part of it, and will make a big push to try to do that, but it’s little steps at a time. First step is at Upton Park; the next step is more football.”
The official line from the Arsenal website about Campbell rejoining the club says:
“Tonight’s Reserve team to face West Ham United at Upton Park features Sol Campbell, who plays tonight on a Reserve League registration.
“Talks are ongoing with Sol with a view to a permanent move back to Arsenal Football Club.”
It’s an unbelievable piece of news, particularly given the manager’s rule against resigning former players. It also appears to be the death knell for Philippe Senderos reviving his career at Arsenal.
Speaking about his future with the club Senderos said:
“I want to go, I want and need to be playing ahead of the World Cup. I don’t want to play in the reserves, I just want to go.”
More to follow.
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