With Philippe Senderos injured, Arsene Wenger will turn to Sol Campbell for Arsenal's semi final second leg against Villarrael and hope the big man is physically and mentally ready. Wenger calls it "a little gamble" and from his point of view that may be true. With no other realistic options, Sol Campbell is the best bet to defend Wenger's teams 1-0 lead. But for Campbell himself the stakes are much higher.
After his meltdown and subsequent disappearing act against West Ham (Wenger said "Sol had a weakness in his life on that day") Campbell took some time off. With typical bad fortune Campbell broke his nose during his return against Portsmouth two weeks ago. Because of his mammoth physique Campbell is famous for taking a while to return to full fitness, and he'll need to be in top shape to deal with the likes of Forlan and Riquelme. The central defensive partnership of Toure and Senderos has been the best in Europe this season, and it would be disastrous for Campbell's reputation if he returns and their good work is undone.
Last but not least, Campbell still wants to play for England in the World Cup this summer. It wasn't so long ago that Sven dropped Rio Ferdinand to accommodate Campbell, only for the big defender to limp out with a thigh injury. I'll have my fingers crossed today, hoping Sol can remind everyone why he should still be going to Germany.