It's pretty amazing these days how news can spread like wild fire, even the hint of something can mushroom out of control within minutes as a result of the network of electronic connections we know as the Internet. It is also very hard to cover up one's mistakes, they are often impossible to erase and can be left as evidence for a very long time.
Sol Campbell has been training with the club for the past few weeks, it was rumoured that he was to re-sign with us on a short term deal. In fact the club today released a statement on the club website stating that he had re-signed, this was rather hastily withdrawn. The club have know changed their tune and have revealed that he is to play for the reserves tonight, with a view to re-signing on a longer term basis. It would be unusual for Arsenal to rekindle an old flame as it were, but if Campbell is looking sharp then he would be a useful squad player for the rest of the season and anything that keeps Mikel Silvestre away from games can't be a bad thing. Kyle Bartley's development will certainly benefit from Campbell's presence at the club.
Cesc is back for the weekend's trip to the delightful citadel of Bolton, Denilson is also expected to be back in contention after his mysterious injury at the weekend. The home game against Bolton has been rearranged for next week on Wednesday the 20th of Jan, a tasty back to back challenge for Owen Coyle in his first two games as Bolton manager, not really good timing for us given how players often awaken when stirred by a new manager to impress. Elsewhere Gavin Hoyte has extended his loan period at Brighton and Rhys Murphy has penned a new long term deal. There's a lot of other transfer rumours, but frankly I can't be arsed, I've had my day or two's excitement at the start of the window and that's now completely worn off.
Tonight’s Reserve team to face West Ham United at Upton Park features Sol Campbell, who plays tonight on a Reserve League registration.
Talks are ongoing with Sol with a view to a permanent move back to Arsenal Football Club.
TONIGHT’S RESERVE TEAM:
1. Vito Mannone
2. Kerrea Gilbert
3. Thomas Cruise
4. Craig Eastmond
5. Kyle Bartley
6. SOL CAMPBELL
7. Mark Randall
8. Fran Merida
9. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
10. Francis Coquelin
11. Gilles Sunu
12. James Shea
13. Luke Freeman
14. Sead Hajrovic
15. Cedric Evina
16. Emmanuel Frimpong
hahahaha what ambition ur club is finally showing, what a sad sad club u are. UP THE CHELSEA
Hahahaha I laugh irrationally at words. AND FIND CAPITAL letters express strong emotions.
Not sure re-signing Sol is a great sign of intent from Wenger and hope he is just keeping his powder dry for a more expensive midfield addition.
I think the Campbell deal is 99% done. Its an odd one. Campbell re-signing at his age makes little sense from an AW perspective (I.e. Young and unknown) but it does make a lot of sense from a squad perspective.
We are all plopping logs just because Song is absent from midfield.
Just imagine if Tommy V does his cruciate this weekend. I would plop at entire tree.
But only a log if old Sol, no pass no contol, Campbell is lined up. And that must be a good thing.
In all seriousness, I becoming obsessed with the idea of signing Scott Parker. I would love him to sign. But then I reckoned 12 months ago that we should sign Jimmy Bullard.
Its very odd.
We will not sign Scott Parker.
Kept it simple so that the sheer truth if it would be clear.
what is the secret behind your scott parker obsession?
the grass always appears greener, i don't think scott parker is a bad player for a mid table side but he's not Arsenal calibre
I think we have never replaced the sheer workrate of Parlour. Not great at anything, but slightly good at everything. On paper, the Romford Pele was not "good enough" for an Arsene Wenger side either, but I think he was a very important player for us.
Someone like Scott Parker (or Jimmy Bullard two years ago) could do a great job for us as a utility player in midfield.
He is an absolute tackling machine, strong in the air, and gives 110% in every game. He is English, the peak of his career age-wise, and would surely leap at the chance of the big time again.
It makes perfect sense to me.
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