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Sol On The Tyne?

Vital Arsenal understands that Sky Sports News understands that their mate Steve understands that Sol Campbell is in the North East today for a medical at St James Park ahead of a sneaky move to Newcastle United.

Big Sol had re-joined Arsenal at the beginning of 2010 in a shock short term move that saw the massive central defender signed as cover in case of emergencies. Of course, this being Arsenal there were 8 million emergencies that required Sol to play for almost the entire length of his stay.

Despite being nearly 50 years old, and what doctors will technically describes as being 'a bit mental' Campbell showed the desire and spirit, that saw him win the double for Arsenal when he first signed in 2002, and was probably the best player for the second half of last season.

Sol wasn't really expected to sign a contract extension at Ashburton Grove, but after Sunderland signed Titus Bramble from Wigan it seemed his move to the North East wouldn't be possible and rumours resurfaced that the Englishman might sign for Arsenal for a 3rd time.

That rumour has now apparently been put to bed by Sky Sports News' mate Steve who believes he will sign for Newcastle United today.

It's probably a good move for Campbell if he's looking for first team football, however it means the mighty Arsenal still seem to be shy one more central defender. Hopefully Mr Wenger is hard at working looking to rectify that as we speak.



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Tuesday July 27 2010
Time: 10:15AM

Comments

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As well as Sol did last year, I'm actually a bit relieved. Had we resigned him I would have had this horrible feeling that the manager would have considered this our shopping in defence done for the year.
Little Dutch
27/07/2010 10:22:00
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I'm probablly inclined to agree. We'd be putting an awful lot of faith in an untried and untested youngman, meaning if he didn't adpat to the English game quick enough we'd be left having to play Sol for periods far too long for his age. And whilst Sol was brilliant when he was on song last year, I can't even bare to imagine the carnage of what would happen should Campbell have a shocker. His spirit and professionalism will be a miss in the dressing room though.
Rocky7
27/07/2010 10:26:00
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Glad the old warrior came back and finished his time with us in a proper manner.
iceman10
27/07/2010 10:34:00
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Agreed fellas, I think that if Wenger did not have a plan to bring in another defender....... he would have re-signed Sol! It definately isn't a money thing. Not only has he made a mint in the game, he's just married to a very rich family. Good luck to him whatever he does.
navydave
27/07/2010 10:34:00
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You can never be sure with Arsene in regards the transfer market. Im dreading hearing him say "We have Song who can play there and I dont want to kill Nordveit".
iceman10
27/07/2010 10:37:00
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I actually wanted Sol to stay. For me, he is more reliable than Djourou and would have been a great back up to TV5 and Koscielny. Last season, he was by no means our worst defender, and saved us from a real hiding at WHL. I will only see an ' upside ' to his departure if AW does have another CB lined up. If we fail to sign a CB, that for me leaves us a bit short already. I will only entertain the idea of Song playing as CB to cope with a sending off, or filling in for an injured player during the game. Song is a specialist DM who is still learning his trade, and needs to continue his development as a DM. All the best for next season Big Sol.
Cockney Rich
27/07/2010 10:52:00
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Funny article Rocky. Interesting use of the words "we understand" from all news channels when reporting a breaking news transfer story. This piece of news seems quite likely though. Newcastle are very good paymasters and can offer Sol first team football for half a season. They can also probably offer him the 2 year contract that he so wants. All the best to him. Iceman, amusing comment about Nordveit. With Vermaelen, Koscielny, Djourou as first choice CB's with Nordveit and Song in reserve there is indeed an outside chance AW may not buy anyone! But then atleast one buy between a CB and a defensive midfielder can definitely be expected in my opinion.
Deltaforce
27/07/2010 10:57:00
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I worry about relying on Djourou. Apparently the new GPS system is "like a new signing" so he may actually play more than 20 games this season.
iceman10
27/07/2010 11:09:00
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CR, I'm not sure I totally agree with you about the game at the Lane. Don't get me wrong he played well when he came back and never let us down. However, the player who made the difference in that game was Gomez! Do we know if Wenger fancies Nordveit as a CB, he seems to only be playing on the right in pre-season so far!
navydave
27/07/2010 11:13:00
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I take your point navydave. I was only referring to the fact that, to a certain extent, Sol held us together at WHL. Let's not forget the fact that for one reason or another that night, players ' didn't perform ', or as I like to put it ' went missing '. As you quite rightly say, " Sol played well when he came back and never let us down ". As for Nordtveit, AW has ' high hopes ' for him, but he is probably 2 seasons away from pushing for a regular first team spot.
Cockney Rich
27/07/2010 12:27:00
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