Arsene Wenger has brought Sol Campbell in from the cold this week but it is the return of Cesc Fabregas that is most eagerly anticipated at Arsenal when the midfielder comes back into the team tomorrow for the first time since 27 December.
The Arsenal captain makes his return from a hamstring injury to play against Bolton Wanderers with Wenger's team three points behind leaders Chelsea and preparing to play Aston Villa, Manchester United Chelsea and Liverpool in the space of just two weeks at the end of the month. The Arsenal manager said that his captain, and star player, could also weigh in with even more goals.
Wenger said: "I believe it's just his calm in front of goal, Cesc always had the chances. In some games he missed three or four, because he wanted always to finish with power. Now he finishes calm, he places the ball and suddenly he scores goals.
"I always said that he will score goals, because it will come when he gets more power and calm in front of goal and that's what happens now," the Frenchman said. "I believe he's more mature and he has gained a fraction of power because he's 22, and that's when you become really a man. And the system allows him to go forward a bit more. In a 4-4-2, the two players in front of the defence have to do a lot of defending."
Wenger is without Alex Song – on Africa Cup of Nations service – and he also has injuries to Denilson, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere. Campbell will not be part of tomorrow's squad and Wenger said that he believed the player was psychologically ready to play for Arsenal again.
Wenger said: "I believe he [Campbell] has [since Arsenal] gone to a different club, he has matured and I didn't put the knife to his throat to sign. His physical tests are quite surprisingly good. But he worked harder than ever I think. He was never one who did special training but they all become more professional when they get older.
"It gives me an opportunity to let [Philippe] Senderos go and play. Senderos is in a World Cup team in Switzerland and he needs to play. I gave an opportunity to Sol Campbell to practise and become fit again and then he got the taste to play with the players."
Arsenal's new 17-year-old Bolivian signing, Samuel Galindo, will go out on loan in Spain, Wenger said. "He's a player who has good technique. He's intelligent, 6ft 2in tall, left-footed and that's plenty of qualities. He also has good stamina and is a central midfielder who can give good balls. He has good vision, too, which we like here."Reuse content