So it's true then. Big Sol is back.
I've read and heard various opinions from people, including many Gooners, and the response is mixed.
The idea of Sol Campbell coming back appeals to me. Yes, I know that people think that he is loopy and he 'betrayed' us by saying he was going to play abroad only to end up at Portsmouth but lets let bygones be bygones.
Some will be screaming that Arsenal have just taken the cheapest option and that Wenger needed to spend big money.
At the end of the day Campbell knows he is coming to Arsenal to be cover for Vermaelen and Gallas. How many players would have come to the club knowing that?
Of course Sol won't be the same player he was during his first spell with us but he is still Premiership quality and I tell you something, he is certainly a more experienced player than that period. That's the key word, experienced. And that will rub off on his new team mates.
How many times have we heard that Arsenal lack experience?
To have Sol on the bench or the pitch will be a big lift to these boys and I know for a fact, without any disrespect meant, that I would prefer to have Campbell as an option rather than Senderos or Silvestre.
What's more important is that he has a quality missing from most of this squad; he knows what it takes to win the league. That leadership could be crucial for us when the title run-in gets tight and its squeaky bottom time.
He knows the club, knows how it works and won't have trouble settling it in. The move, despite how bizarre it may look, gets a thumbs up from me.
With Campbell's impending arrival, I expect a departure. That's how Arsenal usually work. The player I expect to leave is Phil Senderos. Betcha didn't guess I would say it was him?
Big Phil has wanted to leave for an age and whilst I'd be a little sad to see him go (he seems part of the furniture, kind of antique) it would be best for Arsenal and himself that he moved on.
It's a shame how his Arsenal career has developed really. On his day he could be immense but he is a confidence player and the more games he plays the better his performances. Even if he played well though you always had that nagging doubt that he was about to completely cock something up. Truly a shame.
I've no doubt a move would really resurrect his career but he would have to play for a club that has lesser incentives than Arsenal to flourish. A place where every mistake isn't scrutinised. Everton could be that club.
I like Everton and a club like them is the level of Senderos. Not top level but a good level and a good club. He has been linked to Goodison Park before, almost signing there in the summer but it fell through for some reason.
This is where my bold prediction lies. I reckon, and don't go rushing to the bookies on this, that a move involving Senderos and Evertons Louis Saha could be on the cards. Some kind of swap deal.
Saha is exactly what Wenger looks for in a player. French and injured. All jokes aside Saha is an experienced striker and we lack that. He is quality, there is no doubting that, but somewhat injury-prone.
If Saha could get over his injuries then I'd be all for it but the fact is he still spends as much time on the physios bed as he does on the pitch.
Is Saha what we need?
Keep it Goonerish...............