By Chris Harris

Sol Campbell wishes he had never left Arsenal in May 2006.

The former England defender is hoping to secure a permanent move back to the Club after completing 45 minutes for the Reserves on Tuesday night. But if Campbell could turn back the clock, he might still be an Arsenal player.

The centre-back ended his first spell with the Gunners by scoring in the UEFA Champions League Final in 2006, which was the high point of his last season with Arsenal. At the time, Campbell joked that he could "write a book" about his final year at Highbury, but now he wonders whether he made the right choice to leave.

"Yes [I wish I had never left]," he admitted.

"Sometimes when you go away you realise what a top club Arsenal is. Slowly but surely everyone moves on but sometimes you move away and you re-think things.

"Things happen for whatever reason and here I am. You have to apply yourself and I have worked so hard to get to this situation. The physios, fitness staff, everyone at Arsenal have worked wonders with me, and it feels like coming home really.

"I think Arsène Wenger is now looking at a little bit of experience to push the lads through. But the main thing is if everything goes well with the contract negotiations, every time I play and get the chance, I want to show what I can do."

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13 Jan 2010