Campbell reveals his frustration with Arsene Wenger!
Arsenal legend Sol Campbell is certainly known to be one of Arsene Wenger’s greatest ever signings, with the centre back having joined the Gunners from arch rivals Spurs, for free! The former England international became a club legend at Arsenal, but like so many legends of the Wenger era, he’s been turned away by Le Prof in regards to a return to the club.
Sol Campbell has revealed that despite hoping for a return to Arsenal in a coaching capacity, he knows it’s unlikely that Arsene Wenger will come calling. Campbell has reportedly obtained the relevant coaching basis to work on his badges, but despite coming forward for Arsenal, it seems that Wenger wasn’t keen on recruiting him. Campbell therefore also joins the likes of Henry and Vieira, both whom have also made themselves available to the Gunners in the past.
Campbell told the Metro: ‘I think Arsene just has his team, has his frequency and maybe he doesn’t want to change that frequency too much. He has a model that he’s happy with and he might change in the future, who knows. He probably thinks he has everything he needs at the moment.’
Our record goalscorer Thierry Henry was the latest player to find himself unwanted at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger, despite having worked with the youth sides for a number of months. Wenger was concerned about Henry’s commitment to SkySports, potentially interfering with his coaching duties at Arsenal. Henry was subsequently told to choose one or the other according to reports at the time; and the Frenchman now finds himself on the coaching setup of the Belgian national team.
Vieira has also been rejected by Wenger in the past, with the former French midfielder hoping to join up with the Gunners when his playing career came to an end. Vieira was hoping to start his career into coaching and management, at Arsenal, where he’d be able to work alongside a lot of familiar faces. Wenger however wasn’t having any of it and Vieira subsequently joined the Manchester City setup. He is currently the New York City manager in the MLS.
More recently Mikel Arteta also made the move to Manchester City to work alongside Pep Guardiola at the start of the current season. Arteta wasn’t reportedly offered a coaching contract at Arsenal, despite supposedly being keen to remain with the Gunners after retiring from playing. Many fans were left appalled with the decision and it’s kept Arsene Wenger in the limelight.
I can understand Wenger’s decision for not wanting to change his coaching team around too much. After all, he’s had pretty much the same structure and faces in his team during the 20 years at Arsenal and is unlikely to want to see that change. However perhaps a few fresh faces, especially Arsenal legends, would bring new light to the club and to the training sessions.
Is Wenger right to turn away these Arsenal legends?