Arsenal's vulnerability to the counterattack was exposed so mercilessly by Manchester United on
Sunday that, watching from the stands, 35-year-old Sol Campbell might well have exhaled in relief
at being spared from the action. Thomas Vermaelen had been passed fit, which seemed miraculous
considering that the defender had been diagnosed with a suspected broken leg after the Gunners'
goalless draw with Aston Villa last Wednesday, and so Campbell was denied his return to Premier