Campbell: Waiting was tough
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sol Campbell admits he found it hard to wait on the sidelines before earning a recall.Sol Campbell admits he found it hard to wait on the sidelines before earning a recall to the Arsenal first-team.
The England international spent almost three months on the sidelines as he battled back to fitness following an ankle injury.
He finally made his first start following the problem in last week's 7-0 demolition of Everton having spent four games on the bench.
The form of Philippe Senderos and Kolo Toure meant he had to bide his time before earning a recall, but - although he found the wait frustrating - he insists he had no qualms with the decision of boss Arsene Wenger.
"He (Senderos) has done brilliantly," Campbell told Arsenal Plus.
"Philippe has come in and grown in confidence. He has done a really good job and Kolo has done it throughout the season.
"The team has been doing well and picking up results.
"It was a new experience for me but on the flip side I've got to recognise I've been out of the team through injury and I've had to wait my time.
"But at the same time I could get sharper and not rush back.
"You get frustrated sometimes but if I didn't I wouldn't be playing football."
Campbell was delighted and, he admits, surprised to return to action against Everton, but is now hoping to hold on to his spot for the trip to Birmingham on Sunday.
"It was a bit of a surprise but it felt good," he continued.
"It was brilliant playing out there and being with the lads running around - I haven't done that for a long time.
"I was a little bit tired in the last five minutes but just being out there was good.
"It has been a frustrating time for me. I was relieved to get through the game and coming back was a big thing for me.
"I am feeling a lot sharper and happier and I am sure what I can do. Hunger and desire got me through the game. I want to play more games to get sharper."