Wenger keen for Campbell to stay

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Arsene Wenger insists he will have no hesitation using the £30million transfer kitty expected to be available to strengthen his Arsenal side in the summer, but Sol Campbell might yet save him a small fortune.

The Arsenal boss will sit down with his 35-year-old centre-back in three weeks' time to see if they can squeeze another season out of him.

With William Gallas out of contract in the summer and Johan Djourou recovering from serious knee surgery, reinforcing the Gunners defence is a priority, and Wenger said: "I will have to sit down with Sol Campbell because if he is on board, if he is focused and motivated, he is an important player here. He is not only an important player and a good player but he is a winner."

He added: "Gallas can sign where he wants. We are trying to re-sign him but he is legally free to sign where he wants so I don't know where he will go."

Wenger believes Campbell's performance in the defeat against Tottenham on Wednesday, even though the result virtually put paid to their title hopes, epitomised what the defender brings to the club.

"He was ready to die on Wednesday night to win the game and that is what you want from your squad," Wenger added.

"On and off the pitch he is a big influence."

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