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Sol Campbell would welcome shock Arsenal return

Sol Campbell has told ESPN Soccernet he would welcome the chance to return to Arsenal, but any move to the Emirates Stadium hinges on the club selling Philippe Senderos.

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Campbell has been linked with Manchester United and Manchester City in recent weeks but reports on Friday morning claimed that Arsene Wenger is ready to hand a short-term contract to the player who won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal between the years of 2001 and 2006.

Having left Notts County after making just one appearance for the League Two club in September, Campbell would welcome the opportunity of returning to the big time. But while Campbell thinks that a romantic return to Arsenal could be a long shot, it is an opportunity he would take if offered the chance.

Speaking ahead of the opening of the transfer window on January 1, Campbell told ESPN Soccernet: "I don't expect anything to happen in the first week of the transfer window as a number of clubs are looking to see what they can do or can't do, and then they will make up their minds. But I am now fully fit and ready to resume playing. Maybe if they sold a centre half they might need another one."

Wenger is focusing on signing a striker in January but would look at Campbell, who has been training with Arsenal for two months, as he is concerned about cover for Thomas Vermaelen and William Gallas.

"We have a level of interest for every good player,'' said Wenger, when quizzed on the possibility of signing Campbell again. "He trains very hard.''

Senderos, who returned to the club in the summer following a loan spell with AC Milan, has reportedly attracted interest from a number of clubs and needs regular football ahead of the World Cup finals with Switzerland.

Campbell, though, is also very interested in a move to Hull and there might still be an opening at Newcastle United if Chris Hughton fails to sign his transfer targets in the next two weeks.

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