By Chris Harris
Even Arsène Wenger is surprised by how many games Sol Campbell has played since he returned to Arsenal.
The centre back provided the shock of the January transfer window when he re-signed for the Club he left in the summer of 2006.
Campbell was drafted in ostensibly as cover for Thomas Vermaelen, Mikael Silvestre and William Gallas. However, the latter's persistent calf injury and Campbell's powerhouse displays have edged him up the pecking order at Emirates Stadium.
The 35-year-old is set to make his tenth appearance since his return when Arsenal travel to his old club Tottenham on Wednesday night. It's a milestone Wenger did not expect Campbell to reach.
"I didn't imagine he would play as many games as he has," admitted the manager. "I thought he would play in one or two games maybe but he got those extra matches because he played well.
"Sol has been a big support for me and the squad. He is very important in the dressing room because he is highly focused and highly motivated.
"I must say, every time he has played he has turned in a very good performance. It is one of the good signings I have made. I have no concerns about him - I can tell you he will play tomorrow."