Arsene Wenger has faith in Sol Campbell as Arsenal face derby clash at Spurs

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is backing Sol Campbell to cope with the hostile reception at White Hart Lane after confirming the defender will start against Tottenham.

The 35-year-old former Spurs centre-half has played six Premier League matches and nine games in all since returning for a second spell with the Gunners.

And he will take his place at the heart of the defence in the north London derby.

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Into the lions' den: Campbell (right) returns to White Hart Lane

Wenger said: 'Sol has been a big support for me and the squad. He is very important in the dressing room because he is highly focused and highly motivated.

'Every time he has played he has turned in a very good performance. It is one of the good signings I have made.

'I have no concerns about him. He will play. I didn't imagine he would play as many games as he has.

'I thought he would play in one or two games maybe but he got those extra matches because he played well.'

Campbell spent nine years with Spurs before his controversial switch to Arsenal in 2001.

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