By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes Sol Campbell could yet make England's squad for the World Cup.
Manager Fabio Capello was in the stands at Emirates Stadium on Saturday as the 35-year-old continued to rebuild his reputation with another fine display against Manchester City.
Once again Campbell was strong, commanding and composed. So it is no wonder that Wenger believes a season that started with Notts County in Division Two just might finish with the national team in South Africa.
"I see that many centre backs are injured so why not?" said the Arsenal manager. "He's got the experience and it's up to Capello to decide. He was at the game today so ask him!
"Of course [Ferdinand and Terry] have an advantage because they are younger but if they have a problem in numbers he's always there. I do not select the team and I do not say Capello has to take him, I just say you compare him today in the Premier League with the other centre backs then he doesn't suffer in the comparison."
As Wenger said, he cannot decide Campbell's participation this summer. But he will determine the centre back's club career once it is over. The manager has William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre out of contract in June plus, of course, Campbell's short-term deal ends at the same time.
While the 60-year-old has been delighted with his only signing in the January window, Wenger admits he does not know what Campbell wants to do.
"It is fantastic to see how well he has come back," said the Frenchman. "When he has his mind on the game Sol is unbelievable.
"He's a strange guy because when he's focussed sometimes he can be very detached but when he's in with you he's 100 per cent, not 99, he's 100 per cent. That's what I like.
"I'm very happy for him, I am excited too because everybody was surprised when I signed him and I'm just happy I have done it. He's done a very good job for me.
"But he's not desperate to stay. I told you Sol needs a target and a focus. At the moment I am not sure what he wants to do. He marries in July, so maybe he will go on holiday for a year.
"But if he sets himself a target he's an unbelievable soldier."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source