Former Arsenal defender set for shock Emirates return

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Sol Campbell will strive to make sure he is fit enough to face former club Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The 36-year old has made eleven appearances this season for Newcastle but suffered a setback when he suffered a thigh injury a month ago.

Campbell, though, is currently in training and trying to shake off the knock so he can make an emotional return to the Arsenal, the club he won so many trophies with in a five year spell starting in 2001.

After re-joining Arsene Wenger’s side on a free transfer earlier this year – last season – he left the Emirates Stadium in the summer and joined Chris Hughton’s Newcastle team.

And now he is hoping to temporarily halt the Gunners’ charge towards the Premier League title – a trophy Arsenal last won with Campbell in their side.

Newcastle boss Hughton recently said: “Sol worked hard last week, and has trained this week.

“He’ll get a week’s training under his belt, and a decision will have to be made, but I always pick the team on the merits of the game.

“Things change, and players get injured. That is why players have to continue to work hard.

“You have to wait for opportunities, and all you want is for the players to put themselves in a position to be available.”

Arsenal boss Wenger also commented: “Sol is a player who needs to work very hard to be sharp physically, and it is not easy because when you get older – you have to push yourself.

“But Sol is a fantastic battler and, when he has got in his mind that ‘I want this battle’ then he will do it.

“As long as he can do that then he can play on because he has basic physical qualities because he is strong and quick,” Wenger added, in the build up to the match this weekend.

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