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Sol Campbell Going to the World Cup! Premiership Team Of the Season Critique

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 24:  Sol Campbell of Arsenal passes the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on April 24, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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John SmithCorrespondent IApril 27, 2010

Sol Campbell

Once again there was little in the world of Arsenal related news yesterday. Wenger spoke about Sol and how he should be considered for the World Cup in 50-some-odd days time.

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11670_6117157,00.html

I think on form alone Wenger has a point, I don't see any English centre half playing better than Sol Campbell these days, and it seems to me like he has actually gotten quicker in the last month or so than I've seen him before. Unreal stuff.

Unfortunately the last thing England needs right now is another centre half who will struggle to play two games in a week. Ledley King is an option but his knee will fill up with fluid every three days in South Africa, and Franz Ferdinand is becoming one of these players who might have to retire early because of niggling back injuries.

Anyway, then Sol talked about how great Arsenal's young squad was and how it would be unstoppable once it got the mix of youth and experience right. I can't say I disagree with him, and I can see this squad really coming of age next year with one or two acquisitions and better luck with the injuries. I can see us absolutely smoking the other teams and running away with the league.

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11670_6118254,00.html

Team of the Season

We then see both Cesc Fabregas and Thomas Vermaelen included in the team of the season.

I think it was obvious that these two players had to be included in this prestigious list along with Evra, Rooney, Hart, Dunne, Milner, and Drogba. The three surprise inclusions are Fletcher who has been a great player, but Frank Lampard has scored 25 goals from midfield for goodness sake and is certainly more vital to Chelsea's title challenge than the blossoming young Scot, a title challenge which thus far is going in Chelsea's direction.

Then the Man United bias continued as Eduardo Valencia was picked ahead of Florent Malouda, once again Valencia has been good but I'm sure that Malouda has scored three times the amount of goals and probably has a similar amount of assists. I'm also sure that Valencia didn't win Player of the Month once all season and Malouda managed that in March.

Then Branoslav Ivanovic was voted the best right back in the league and I think it's hard to argue with that. Looking through all the teams it's hard to find a right back who has been more dangerous going forward yet defensively solid.

Steven Carr of Birmingham had an excellent season and wound back the years but his displays were largely defensive and added little to the team in terms of going forward, most likely because Birmingham only scored 10 goals the entire season, holding out for 10 one-nil victories.

Anyway, these teams usually don't mean much but I like to criticize them because the players who have done well deserve to be rewarded, not some despicable Manchester United man.

Young Player of the Season

This is really criminal.

How can James Milner with six goals and 11 assists playing for the sixth best team in the country be regarded as having contributed more to the Premier League than Cesc Fabregas with more of each and playing for the third best team in the country.

Who cares about the Spaniard, he's off to Barcelona anyway, let's go with the young English lad so he'll be brimming with confidence and might help us win the World Cup. Despite his injuries, nobody can say that Cesc Fabregas has not been the second or third (behind Drogba) best player in the league this season.

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