Arsenal rocked by Campbell decision to choose Newcastle
The London Evening Standard says the Gunners were confident of keeping Campbell at Emirates Stadium after the 35-year-old had privately indicated he would agree a new 12-month deal once returning from his honeymoon.
Campbell married Fiona Barrett on 17 July in Northumberland and has been absent from Arsenal's pre-season training camp in Austria as he considered his future while abroad.
And it is understood the centre-back's new wife has convinced him to settle down in her native North-East as they look to start a family in the future.
Campbell underwent a medical at St James' Park yesterday morning and is expected to sign a two-year deal in the next 24 hours.