The Champions League Semi-Final is the perfect game for Sol Campbell to make his comeback, according to Arsène Wenger.
The England centre back will be drafted straight into the side at Villarreal this evening after Philippe Senderos dropped out of the squad on Sunday with a knee ligament problem.
Campbell has had surgery on the nose he broke at Portsmouth on April 12. That game was a comeback in itself after he had suffered bone bruising on his ankle against West Ham on February 1. Tonight's game is a high-pressure situation in which to re-introduce the former Tottenham defender but Wenger is confident.
"Is there not a better opportunity for Sol to show his strengths and quality than in a Semi-Final where you know you have to defend well?" he asked. "I don't think so.
"I trust his quality and his strengths. In his position I would not dream of a better way to come back
"I decided to go for Sol Campbell because he has that kind of experience. I had Johan Djourou but he is 18. I feel Sol may be missing a game or two but can compensate with experience.
"It was not a close decision for me. It is obvious. Sol has just come back from injury and his experience will be needed.
"Sol was our central defender when we had a 49-game unbeaten run that is why I still believe that everybody has complete confidence in Sol."
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