Camp­bell’s re­turn good for Gun­ners

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SOL CAMP­BELL was given a chance to re­launch his ca­reer yes­ter­day when Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger an­nounced the 35-year-old had signed a con­tract un­til the end of the sea­son.

The for­mer Eng­land cen­tral de­fender has been a free agent since quit­ting Notts County in Septem­ber, just one match into a five-year con­tract.

“For us it is a good help to the end of the sea­son and for him it is an op­por­tu­nity to show that he still can play in the Premier League,” Wenger said.

Camp­bell, who won two league ti­tles and three FA Cups in a pre­vi­ous spell with Arse­nal and played in two World Cups, has not fea­tured in the top flight since leav­ing Portsmouth when his con­tract ex­pired last July.

Wenger be­lieves the de­fender, who last played for the Lon­don club in the 2006 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal, still has plenty to of­fer af­ter train­ing with the club in re­cent weeks.

“He brings ex­pe­ri­ence, good ad­vice and he’s phys­i­cally worked very hard,” Wenger said. “I think he showed he was ded­i­cated and mo­ti­vated and looked happy to be back here. Many play­ers are al­ways happy to be back at Arse­nal.”

Camp­bell will not fea­ture in Arse­nal’s match at Bolton Wan­der­ers to­mor­row, hav­ing played just 45 min­utes in a re­serve match this week, but could pro­vide use­ful cover to William Gal­las and Thomas Ver­mae­len in the months ahead.

Camp­bell’s sur­prise move to County, where for­mer Eng­land man­ager Sven-Go­ran Eriks­son was di­rec­tor of foot­ball, sparked huge in­ter­est but he played just once, in a 2-1 de­feat by More­cambe, be­fore tear­ing up his con­tract. – Reuters

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