Arsene Wenger confirms Campbell was booed in training ahead of Spurs game

Arsene Wenger confirms Campbell was booed in training ahead of Spurs game

- Arsene Wenger revealed the treatment Sol Campbell got to psychologically prepare him for Spurs game

- The former England international was signed from Tottenham to Arsenal after spending nine years at White Hart Lane

- Wenger also revealed that he did not make Campbell's transfer to Arsenal public due to negative reactions

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that Sol Campbell was booed in training by his teammates to help him prepare for the north London derby against Tottenham.

The center-back started his career with Spurs and spent nine years at White Hart Lane before joining London rivals Arsenal in 2001.

Wenger did not make his bid for the former England defender public due to the negative reactions the player was likely to face from rival fans.

Arsene Wenger confirms Campbell was booed in training ahead of Spurs game
Former Arsenal boss Wenger reveals player he signed that was booed in training. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane
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The legendary Gunners boss confirmed Campbell was booed in training when it was time to face Spurs on a matchday.

Wenger told German magazine 11 Freunde quoted by Mirror:

"It happened and this teammates made jokes about it.
"But the situation was really stressful for Sol and he told me afterwards how severe it became.
"He couldn't go to certain places for dinner or walk freely in London because of the anger of the Tottenham fans. In hindsight, I'm not sure if I would sign him again bearing in mind the difficulties he faced."

The 71-year-old gaffer was asked how he managed to keep Campbell's transfer hidden from the public and he explained:

"Until I presented Sol Campbell to the press, nobody could have ever imagined him in an Arsenal shirt.
"This transfer remained secret amongst the four of us: him, his agent, David and me. That cannot happen anymore in modern football because there are so many people involved in a transfer."

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Campbell won two Premier League titles with the Gunners in 2001-02 and the 2003-04 seasons as well as two FA Cups in the 2001–02, 2004–05 campaigns.

He was also part of the squad that made it through to the 2005-06 Champions League finals, losing to Barcelona by 2-1 despite putting his team ahead with a header.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Mesut Ozil is reportedly edging closer to leaving Arsenal this window as negotiations with Turkish giants Fenerbahce reaches an advanced stage.

The German midfielder has been frozen out of the Gunners squad so far this term with Mikel Arteta refusing to register him for any competition.

Sources close to the player claim he has agreed to join the Istanbul-based club on a three-and-a-half-year deal despite having six months left on his contract with the North Londoners.

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