Sol Campbell in Arsenal return

SINGAPORE - Former England defender Sol Campbell is on the verge of signing a surprise six-month deal with former club Arsenal, the player said.

SINGAPORE - Former England defender Sol Campbell is on the verge of signing a surprise six-month deal with former club Arsenal, the player said.

Campbell, 35, who had been training with Arsenal after a short spell with League Two (fourth division) Notts County ended abruptly in September after one game, played in the Gunners' 4-2 reserve win over West Ham at Upton Park on Tuesday.

"I'm ecstatic really to be back at Arsenal, and I have worked bloody hard to get there," Campbell told British daily TheIndependent after the match.

"I hope to sign for Arsenal until the end of the season. There are still a few technicalities to iron out, but it's fantastic, great, marvellous. The old enthusiasm is back. I've got to tell you it seems as though I have never been away."

Campbell started the reserve match against West Ham before being substituted at half time with Arsenal leading 2-0. Should he join, it will be the first time manager Arsene Wenger has re-signed a player during his 13 years in charge.

Campbell is likely to be a reserve for Arsenal's first-choice central defenders William Gallas and Thomas Vermaelen but his arrival is likely to see the departure of Swiss defender Phillipe Senderos, who is keen for first-team football ahead of the World Cup.

Campbell won the last of his 73 caps in November 2007 when England lost to Croatia at Wembley and were eliminated from Euro 2008. - Reuters

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