FILE - This is a Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 file photo of Arsenal's Sol Campbell  as he celebrates after scoring against FC Porto in a Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match at Porto's Dragon Stadium in Porto, Portugal. Campbell announced his retirement from soccer Wednesday May 2, 2012.  (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte, File)
FILE - This is a Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010 file photo of Arsenal's Sol Campbell as he celebrates after scoring against FC Porto in a Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match at Porto's Dragon Stadium in Porto, Portugal. Campbell announced his retirement from soccer Wednesday May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte, File) Paulo Duarte

Gunners great won't rule out A-League move

HE'S only just begun his managerial career, so Sol Campbell isn't about to rule out an A-League stint if an opportunity came up to further his aspirations.

The Arsenal Invincible was joined on Tuesday by Sydney FC's Bobo at the Opera House as the final batch of tickets goes on sale for Arsenal's pre-season tour of the Harbour City.

It's just 100 days to go until the English Premier League giants arrive to play the Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium, with both games on track to sell out.

Campbell is currently the assistant manager of Trinidad and Tobago as the Caribbean nation attempts to qualify for the World Cup, but he's been hearing good things about Australian football.

"There's passion here, even when you look at sport in general in Australia," Campbell said.

"So you never know. I've had a few friends who have played out here - Dwight (Yorke) has played, Emile Heskey as well, and they've really enjoyed themselves. You just never know, do you?

"You never know what can happen, but at the moment I'm just concentrating on this World Cup situation. You've just got to do the business and if it goes well for you then you can go on from there and look at options in the future."

He may even land up back at Arsenal, where the managerial career of Arsene Wenger has come under intense scrutiny. Campbell admits the last decade hasn't been good enough for the club, but he expects Wenger to sign on for another two years despite the real possibility of Arsenal finishing outside of the top four for the first time in his reign.

But, if Wenger does stay on, Campbell hopes some changes are still made.

"I think he will sign again, but he will have to look really hard at a lot of things at the club when he signs," Campbell said.

"If he does take these two years, maybe (he must) change a few things - the structure, how he thinks about football, the type of players he buys.

"The fans obviously want something else, but I think he's a good guy and he just needs to tweak a few things."

He'll have to, because for the first time in over two decades it looks like fierce rivals Tottenham will finish above Arsenal. Campbell famously made the move across north London from Spurs to Arsenal in 2001 and says it will take a miracle for the Gunners to topple their rivals now.

"It's going to be hard to get above Tottenham because that would mean we'd have to get second and that's not going to happen. I'm just being a realist," he said.

"We really have to concentrate on getting fourth, that's the objective, even though even that's going to be a push."

News Corp Australia


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