Sol Campbell backed to cope with hostile White Hart Lane atmosphere

13 April 2010 10:52
Ridicule: Tottenham fans often vent their anger at Sol Campbell when he returns to White Hart Lane

Gael Clichy has backed team-mate Sol Campbell to cope with the unforgiving atmosphere at White Hart Lane when Arsenal travel to the home of their bitter rivals Tottenham on Wednesday.

Campbell famously turned his back on Spurs in 2001 in favour of the red side of north London, a controversial move accentuated by the fact he was youth team product, club captain and left Tottenham on a free transfer.

The England international won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners in a five-year spell, and returned to the club this January.

Wednesday night's match will be the first time he has appeared at White Hart Lane for Arsenal since a 1-1 draw on the 29 October 2005.

'Yes, he can cope with it,' Clichy said. 'Everyone was doubting about his comeback, he is a 30-something and people doubted about the way he would perform.

'But I think since he came back he has shown he is still there [at the top level].

Abuse: Campbell was heavily criticised for his move across London (above). but he won't mind (below) as it led to a succession of trophies for the defender

'Of course he cannot play every three days but when he has been asked to play he has done his job and the fact he is going back to White Hart Lane won't give him any trouble. He will be the same as ever.'

Campbell is no stranger to hostility from those who used to sing his name. In 2009 police charged 11 people with indecent chanting at a football match after an inquiry into abuse aimed at the defender.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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