Date:Thursday April 15 2010
When Arsene Wenger chose to resign Sol Campbell on a free transfer back in the new year, many people (lots of Arsenal fans included) laughed at, poured scorn on and reacted angrily to the Frenchman's decision to bring the 35 year old centre back, back to Arsenal.
I'm not going to turn this into an 'I told you so' article, because more often than not, my opinion turns out to be complete bollocks, so I guess everyone has to make the right call sometimes, but I was all for the Campbell move.
It was a low risk signing, no money was exchanged, he was a fully fledged Premiership veteran, always the consummate professional and the man was desperate to play football.
Of course the plan was to only use him in emergencies, but we should have figured that we support Arsenal, the next emergency is just around the corner, and as it turns out, Big Sol has only played a couple of games less than van Persie this season.
But in those 10 or so games, Campbell has completely vindicated Wenger's decision to bring him back. He has been immense, so much so I'd urge Wenger to give him another year. Hopefully injuries would mean he doesn't need to play as often, but his experience in training and in the games he does has to play is invaluable ..... and his spirit and desire are second to none.
From a man of his stature it's probably to be expected, but Big Sol has balls the size of an elephant.
This is not just a knee jerk reaction to his outstanding performance at White Hart Lane last night, because each and every time he's taken to the field he has been very impressive. However the recent NLD showed that even in the most hostile environment imaginable for a football player, this guy has what it takes to succeed.
After the game Wenger said,
Sol was one of our better players. He has shown the way to some players. What a winner he is. He showed what you need if you want to win titles. He deserves a lot of credit because he turned up with a real performance.
And that's exactly the reason we should keep him around, he's a leader, a warrior, a teacher, and a real professional.
Date:Thursday April 15 2010
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