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Wenger's Decision To Bring Sol Back Is Vindicated

Wenger's Decision To Bring Sol Back Is Vindicated

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.



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Thursday April 15 2010
Time: 10:17AM

Comments

0
I guess it's about time I got some pictures of him in an Arsenal shirt ploaded eh? :)
Rocky7
15/04/2010 10:21:00
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He'll be 36 by the time next season gets underway and age is obviously against him but Keown was 38 by the time he finished with us. On the basis of what we've seen so far there is little risk in given Sol another year. He has earned it - and he's worth it.
Amos.
15/04/2010 10:23:00
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Sol remains excellent in the air, his anticipaion of danger is second to none, his tackling robust but clean and his recovery pace is surprisingly good. Add that to his winning attitide, leadership skill and sheer drive and its clear he has a lot to still offer us. Hope he stays on a 1 year contract this summer.
Deltaforce
15/04/2010 10:26:00
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The 1st free kick we had Sol when and got hold of the ball so the Spuds fans would boo him, you could see him using it to inspire him, he then walked away and let Almunia take the kick. The guy knows what it means to be a gooner.
iceman10
15/04/2010 10:28:00
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Sol is one of the best defenders around, but I will still boo him whenever he plays cause he lied and deserted the Spurs. great game last night, I think we were saved by the Octopus he was outstanding
keefdayid
15/04/2010 10:29:00
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*went
iceman10
15/04/2010 10:29:00
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Big Sol is actually a source of pride for me this morning. The defeat is absolutely gut-wrenching, but looking at his face geeing the other players up and his man of the match performance (yes I thought he deserved it over Gomes) at least brings a bit of a smile to my face. If Mr Cappello is taking 4 Centre backs to the world cup this summer he could do much worse than having Sol as the 4th choice.
Rocky7
15/04/2010 10:29:00
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Spurs fans have every right to boo Sol just as we boo Ashley and Adebeyonce, as long as the abuse is within reason.
iceman10
15/04/2010 10:30:00
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iceman I noticed the same,it must be said that he has stayed a true prof. He deserves the stick and he knows it but it probs hurts spurs fans even more that he does not react...
Mix26
15/04/2010 10:43:00
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Well in last night Big Sol. What a performance and one of your best in an Arsenal shirt, if not THE best. An absolutely astonishing display given your age, the vitriolic abuse and some of your team mates choosing to go 'missing' in the pressure of a derby game. I salute you sir, and thank God you came back.
Cockney Rich
15/04/2010 10:45:00
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