Campbell commences Arsenal training

Sol Campbell has begun training with former side Arsenal in a bid to regain full-fitness and find a new club.

Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth defender has joined up with his squad at Arsenal’s Hertfordshire training base, saying:

“Yes he has done a session today [Thursday]. We are happy to help him. It’s one individual case and we’re always happy.”

Campbell has been without a club since walking out on Notts County last month.

Having arrived to great fanfare at the League Two side, Sven-Goran Eriksson’s marquee signing made just one appearance for the club before making a hasty exit.

And while Wenger admitted that the former England centre-back’s return will be a good thing for his young Arsenal players, he ruled out making a permanent move for the 35-year-old, who enjoyed five successful seasons in North London.

“We have what is needed and he is not here for that purpose. He will not practice with the first team,” said the Frenchman.

“Sol has always been good in the dressing room and we help him to gain some fitness back.”

Campbell was linked with moves to Aston Villa, Everton and Newcastle prior to signing for County and has been tipped to join Hull City, Wolves, West Brom, Juventus and former club Portsmouth since his premature departure from Meadow Lane for ‘sporting reasons’.