Campbell ready to make a dramatic return

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Sol Campbell feels "recharged" and ready to make a dramatic return for Arsenal in their FA Cup fourth-round clash at Stoke on Sunday.

The 35-year-old former Gunners captain - who left Highbury for Portsmouth in the summer of 2006 - re-joined the Barclays Premier League title chasers on a short-term deal until the end of the season, after last week playing 45 minutes for the reserves against West Ham.

"Personally I feel in better shape now physically than when I left Arsenal, because I am fresher," declared the former England centre-back.

"I played so many years, but the longest break I have ever had was probably two months.

"This time I have been able to train for six months, without the stress of building up for games and all the travelling.

"All that takes it toll and I have not had that, so I am really fresh - I am loving it.

"The batteries have been recharged and the stamina you need to go through a whole season - that is there."

With William Gallas and Thomas Vermaelen proving an impressive pairing at the heart of the Arsenal defence, Campbell, like fellow veteran Mikael Silvestre, has been brought in to provide some cover.

Campbell, though, fully intends to play his part, both on and off the field.

"I am there if there are any injuries, and tiredness or if the boss wants to make a change for a cup game or whatever. Basically I am there to help out in any capacity," he said. "But of course I want to influence things, whether it is from the bench or wherever."

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