Sol Campbell will be back

One of the most experienced players in the team, defender Sol Campbell is ready for a return to the Gunners first squad. He came through a second reserve match unscathed.

He suffered an important injury in February, but he managed to heal and now he played the full 90 minutes for a strong Arsenal reserve side in their 2-0 victory over Charlton.

In fact, it is the second time in the space of a week that the former Tottenham captain has managed to complete a reserve game and he is now in line to be involved in Saturday night's Premiership clash with Portsmouth.

However, fans think he must to prove he is both physically and mentally right after leaving Highbury at half-time of the Gunners' 3-2 defeat to West Ham last month after a disastrous first-half performance.

According to Arsenal reserve team coach Neil Banfield, however, the 31-year-old is getting back to near his best.

'Sol is smashing to have around,' Banfield said.

Arsenal fans will also be happy about the news that Robin Van Persie, who has also failed to start a first-team game since the West Ham game because of a broken toe, also played the full 90 minutes.

The player did come on for the closing stages of Arsenal's 3-0 Premiership win over Charlton last weekend, but will now be looking for a starting place on Saturday.

Former Southampton winger Theo Walcott scored on his home reserve side debut at Underhill last night, while Danish teenager Nicklas Bendtner wrapped up win for the Gunners second-string with a 74th minute strike.