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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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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 27 2010

Time: 10:15AM

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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
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27/07/2010 10:22:00

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.
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27/07/2010 10:26:00

Glad the old warrior came back and finished his time with us in a proper manner.
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27/07/2010 10:34:00

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.
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27/07/2010 10:34:00

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".
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27/07/2010 10:37:00

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
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27/07/2010 10:52:00

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.
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27/07/2010 10:57:00

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.
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27/07/2010 11:09:00

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!
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27/07/2010 11:13:00

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
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27/07/2010 12:27:00

im not sure how you justify that players didnt perform or went missing,if their goalkeeper had a was like any other game,its just that we lost,so criticism is greater, and directed more at certain players,who may not be singled out if we had won/drawn
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27/07/2010 12:59:00

61 NEVER AGAIN - Having read your post, I can see clearly that you weren't at WHL, and I doubt that you even seen it on tv. Sorry mate, but I can't be bothered to give you the list of players who : 1. Looked frightened to death. 2. Played poorly / went missing and 3. Made silly mistakes.
Cockney Rich
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27/07/2010 13:08:00

Actually, 61 N A, here is a note of my ' culprits ' that night at WHL. Almunia - started shakily and never really recpvered. I still question his decision to punch the ball rather than catch it. His decision utimately led to Spuds ' wonder ' goal opener. Clichy - some very poor decision making and positioning. Diaby - Nothing short of woeful. Looked frightened to death. Silvestre - Shockingly bad. Probably at fault for Spuds second goal due to his awful positioning and sense of danger. Campbell cleared up for him COUNTLESS times. Eboue - Very, very poor and ' lost ' at times. Rosicky - lively but wasteful. Guilty of poor distribution and blew a BIG chance when put through. Bendtner - largely a spectator, and guilty of poor finishing. I take your point on Gomes having a 'blinder', but it was mostly RVP who tested him, and a Sol header that he somehow kept out. We did show guts at WHL but too many players had a bad game. Sol virtually held the defence together.
Cockney Rich
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27/07/2010 13:34:00

Bugger off Iscariot! And don't come back!
Clive 49
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27/07/2010 15:45:00

Why dont you let him do the opening of your new stadium in Bow :)
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27/07/2010 15:51:00

OT: I normally can't stand Darren Lewis but here FINALLY is an English journo explaining why Wenger and other managers don't buy more English players:
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27/07/2010 17:01:00

Sol is a fool
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27/07/2010 17:31:00

Well its a shame as I would have liked Big Sol to stay as he think he would have been good backup especially considering Djourou's luck with injuries. I like the idea that AW may not have re-signed Sol because he has a deal in the pipeline for a new CB. Would be good if it turned out to be true.
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27/07/2010 18:27:00

Didn't go so well for Are Sol the last time he pledged to play in black and white, did it?
Tony Rocky Horror
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27/07/2010 20:06:00

Why did Arsene let Sol leave? He was IMMENSE last season for youse! Can't get my head around this... Oh right cos you brought in a League One defender, who also happens to be French. Hmm....wonder how Wenger came up with that signing....
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27/07/2010 21:50:00

Echo LD's sentiments. You certainly get the feeling that had Sol resigned the defensive reinforcements we're really in need of would be no chance of coming
Ozi Gooner
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28/07/2010 02:58:00

my point exactly they played just as average as they usually do, if we had got a result,nothing would be said about the individual performances of the players....its usually not about the perfomance, which is an added bonus, its all about the results.....and as bad as we were that day,we almost got a draw.......if it wasnt for their GK, and considering the condition of our squad at the time, i wasnt even that upset that they managed to get a win,it had to happen some time
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28/07/2010 11:12:00

Newcastle deal done, confirmed.
Little Dutch
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28/07/2010 11:24:00

Good luck then Sol. I think you're going to be kept very busy this season, and I just hope you can handle it.
Cockney Rich
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28/07/2010 11:31:00

Good luck Sol, thanks for the helping hand.
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28/07/2010 11:37:00

Good luck to him. Mixed feelings. He would have added lot of experience to the squad and maybe could have helped in nurturing Nordtveit and Djourou. On the other hand I don't think he can get a full season under his belt. Just hope that Arsene does dip into the transfer market for a new defender.
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28/07/2010 15:10:00

I wish Wenger had re-signed Sol. His presence in the squad would have been immense. From Sol's perspective, this move makes a lot of sense as he'll get more playing time at Newcastle. Best of luck to him.
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28/07/2010 20:34:00

Can't fault the man this time, probably the first time in his career his left a club without any anomosity. I'm sure Wenger made it very clear to him what his role would be this season, and you can't blame a footballer for wanting to play the game.
Ozi Gooner
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29/07/2010 05:35:00

prits, the offer for Sol from the club was there - 30 k/ week and a one year contract. He chose Newcastle because he thought he would be a starter. It was Sol's choice to leave - he was not let go of. Kindly read this post for a clarification DDU4L. You will soon have Hargreaves leaving your club.
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29/07/2010 16:54:00


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