Sol Campbell Set to Leave Arsenal for Celtic?

Robin SAnalyst IMay 26, 2010

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - MARCH 30:  Sol Campbell of Arsenal tries his hand at photography during Arsenal training ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match against Barcelona at London Colney on March 30, 2010 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger's unceremonious silence prior to what is expected to be a busy transfer period is sparking rumors of a mass exodus of defenders from Arsenal.

It's all but certain that William Gallas, Mikael Silvestre and Philip Senderos will leave Arsenal once their contract expires this summer. That means Wenger will be forced to spend a few more quids than what he would have liked to.

However, Wenger's reluctance to offer Sol Campbell a new contract to prolong his stay at Arsenal is beyond comprehension.

Campbell was excellent in the second half of the 2009-10 season, emerging as the saviour for Arsenal when the likes of Gallas and Thomas Vermaelen were crocked.

After such a breathtaking comeback it was an automatic choice to extend his contract for one more year.

But Wenger chose a chaotic path instead.

He's not showing any intension to extend the ex-England defender's contract any time soon.

Instead, his tentative conduct has allowed teams like Celtic to get hold of Campbell and negotiate a deal.

It's widely believed that Celtic is ready to offer a two-year contract to Campbell, if he's willing to play for the Scottish giants.

Campbell seems to be in a state of exhilaration after discussing terms with the Scottish club, and his latest proclamations like "Celtic are a massive club" only strengthens the notion that he's about to leave Arsenal.

On the other hand, this could also be a clever tactic by Campbell to accelerate the Arsenal Engine room, which looks a bit rusty at the moment.

Arsenal camp would be heartsick after witnessing the latest twist to the eternal Fabregas-to-Barcelona saga.

Amidst of such a chaotic scenario, it's only normal that players like Campbell are being neglected.

And rightfully, Campbell is trying to cut across the deafening Fabregas rumours to make his point clear; either extend my contract or I am leaving.

You'll never know the worth of water until the well is dry.

Likewise, Wenger seems to be ignoring the significance of Campbell, who has acres of experience under his belt.

Wenger couldn't afford to lose such an experienced defender at this point in time, and he must immediately extend his contract to fend off interests from other clubs before it gets out of his hands.