Campbell, who had been training at the club’s Hertfordshire base since leaving Coca-Cola League Two Notts County, feels he is sharper than ever – and is itching to contribute to the first team again, with manager Arsene Wenger set to rotate his squad for the trip to the Britannia Stadium.
“Personally I feel in better shape now physically than when I left Arsenal, because I am fresher,” he said.
“I played so many years, but the longest break I have ever had was probably two months. This time I have been able to train for six months, without the stress of building up for games and all the travelling.
“All that takes it toll and I have not had that, so I am really fresh – I am loving it.
“The batteries have been recharged and the stamina you need to go through a whole season – that is there.”