Five Obvious Reasons Why Sol Campbell's Return To Arsenal Is Good News

Mary O'SheaSenior Writer IJanuary 13, 2010

For those of you who may live under a rock or have slept for two days solid, this isn't some trick of the eye or the work of Photoshop, it is indeed Sol Campbell back in an Arsenal shirt.

Since leaving Notts County, Campbell has been doing fitness training with his former club in London. After playing in a reserve match against West Ham, it is now clear that the Englishman will be back in the first team squad sooner rather than later. reported that, "Tonight's reserve team to face West Ham United at Upton Park features Sol Campbell, who plays on a Reserve League registration, with a view to a permanent move back to Arsenal Football Club."

That permanent move is more likely to be a short-term deal that will see Campbell see out the end of the season.

So what has made Arsene Wenger do as he has never done before and bring back a player he has let go and just why is it a good move for Arsenal?


1. Experience

It's the cliche at Arsenal Football Club, but Campbell brings a level of experience that can only be of value.

He was present the last time Arsenal won the League, the last time Arsenal won a trophy. He is an Invincible!

With Thomas Vermaelen and William Gallas having made the centreback partnership their own, it is unlikely that Wenger would be able to source a top class defender, midway through a season leading up to a World Cup, who would fight for a place as opposed to being guaranteed one.

Campbell may not be at his prime, but calling someone of his experience off the bench in any game can be no bad thing.


2. Wenger Has Never Done This Before

So Wenger is no longer a "I won't bring back a player I let go" virgin.

In all honesty, Wenger probably didn't want Campbell to go, however, his contract had run down and he left on a free, except it was for Portsmouth and not sunny Spain as he claimed.

Wenger is a notoriously stubborn man, and for him to bring back a player he once managed must mean he saw something in Campbell and his training that he liked.


3. He's Free!!!

Perhaps it was the lack of a transfer fee that attracted Wenger to Campbell.

The signing means that Wenger can now spend money on bringing in a striker if needed, as Robin Van Persie is out for most, if not all, of the season while Nicklas Bendtner's injury problems persist.

The re-signing of Campbell further strengthens the squad. With Alex Song away at the African Cup of Nations and Phillipe Senderos likely to be sold, Mikael Silvestre was the only option open to Wenger as cover at centre back.


4. Campbell Has So Much To Prove

Campbell's football achievements have often been overlooked in favour of his transfer from Tottenham to Arsenal and off the field antics.

As Tottenham captain, Campbell did the unthinkable and switched allegiance to North London rival Arsenal, where he would go on to win the league at White Hart Lane. 

He then left the Gunners on a free for Pompey before leaving them for Notts County again on a free.

A defeat away to Morecambe in his first game was the first and last League Two saw of Sol Campbell.

Now, though, he is at the twilight of his career and will want to go out on some sort of a high note.

With an injury to Rio Ferdinand, Campbell may even have one eye on the World Cup no matter how slim his chances may seem.

Either way, Wenger claims he has been trying hard in training and has earned the respect of his teammates.

"He has a fantastic attitude and fitness," Wenger declared last week.

"Of course he is not the youngest, but he can still play in the Premier League, I have said that many times. He's important in the dressing room as well. He's positive with the young players. Every year we have one or two like that, and I think a Premier League club will sign him."

It's now clear Wenger was thinking of re-signing him all along.

Campbell, too, seems quite happy to be back at Arsenal, and if he tries as hard on the pitch as he has done in training, then maybe this could be another clever signing by Wenger.


5. Let's All Laugh At Spurs

With continual injuries befalling Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King, rivals Tottenham Hotspur could do with an experienced centre back to call upon for games.

Agh, well, tough luck lads!! 


There are plenty negatives regarding Campbell's return, but it isn't any harm to be positive every once in a while!