Arsenal hero Keown backing Campbell for Newcastle move

Martin Keown has backed former Arsenal teammate Sol Campbell's decision to sign with Newcastle United.

In his column for the Daily Mail, ex-Gunners defender Keown wrote: "My old team-mate Sol Campbell provided Arsenal with a bit more steel last season at vital times and he will provide that for Newcastle as they return to the Premier League.

"They have been away only one season but there will be uncertainty there about whether they belong at that level and he can help with that.

"Newcastle have been attracted to a powerful, quick, experienced defender, the sort of player who is in short supply. He did enough with Arsenal in his time back there to show people that he is still at the races.

"He must have been close to the England World Cup squad and maybe now they wish they had taken him.

"My only concern for him is that he has missed about four weeks of preseason. He will need about six weeks' training to be where he wants to be but he has plenty to offer and I wish him all the best."

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