Sol – ong And Farewell

Sol Campbell has called time on his Arsenal career with one year left to go on his contract. It was already known that he would be leaving the club this summer, the expected destination being Portsmouth despite previously strong noises linking him with a move to Fenerbache. He has however decided to terminate his contract without another club being lined up although it would be no surprise if a deal is done within the next fortnight.

Campbell should always be welcome at the club for having the strength of character to move from Tottenham, something not many others have had the balls to do. To this day, he still receives abuse whenever derby day comes around. He was a rock for the defence for most of this time but becoming more injury-prone as age caught up with him to the extent that over the last season and a half, he could no longer be considered first choice. This was made clear when he was dropped for the FA Cup Final in 2005 although I suspect that the pain of missing out on that was eased somewhat by being part of team in Paris, scoring a towering header as his last contribution for the club.

His disappearance during the West Ham game this season was put down to personal problems and perhaps he needs time away frorm the game, although he is being urged by Venables and others not to quit football completely. I doubt that there will be a shortage of takers if he decides to continue playing but whereever it is, best of luck to him

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