Ex-Arsenal ace set for shock Premier League return

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Former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell is set for a surprise return to the Barclays Premier League with Swansea according to The Sun.

The 37-year-old is a free agent, and could be the answer to the Swans' defensive problems after FIFA blocked deadline day moves for Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche - leaving Brendan Rodgers short on cover.

Campbell has been without a club since being released by Newcastle United in May, but has maintained his fitness, after Gunners boss Arsene Wenger allowed him to train with Arsenal's reserve and youth players.

After starting his career with Tottenham in 1992, Campbell made the controversial move across north London in 2001 - becoming the first high profile free transfer within the Premier League under the Bosman ruling.

In five years and 195 appearances for Arsenal, he won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups, as well as confirming his place in the record books as part of Wenger's squad of 'invincibles' who went an entire season unbeaten in 2003-04.


Campbell joined Portsmouth in 2006, again on a free transfer, and the highlight of his time on the south coast came when he captained Harry Redknapp's side to FA Cup success in May 2008.

Controversy has never been very far from Campbell's career, and in the summer of 2009 the uncompromising defender dropped down three levels to sign for Npower League Two side Notts County - linking up with former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson, who had recently been appointed director of football at Meadow Lane.

However, after signing a five-year deal with County, Campbell left the club less than two months into his stay, having made just one appearance. He later rejoined Arsenal on a short-term deal in 2010, having spent the previous few months at the Emirates Stadium, in a bid to maintain his fitness.

In the summer of 2010, Campbell turned down the offer of a two-year deal in Scotland with SPL giants Celtic, in favour of prolonging his Barclays Premier League stay, and signed a one-year deal with Newcastle United.

But after falling out with the Magpies' owners, he now finds himself searching for his next club, and could be attracted to south Wales with the opportunity for more regular football at the Liberty Stadium.

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