Wenger shocked by Campbell move

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he was shocked to learn about former Gunners defender Sol Campbell's decision to join League Two Notts County.

The former Portsmouth stopper, who joined Arsenal on a free transfer from bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2001, won three FA Cups and two league titles during his five-year spell at Highbury.

Despite reported interest from Everton and Aston Villa, the 34-year-old has opted to sign a five-year deal with the ambitious basement division outfit, who - backed by the millions of Munto Finance - have appointed ex-England coach Sven Goran Eriksson as director of football and signed Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for a club record fee.

But Wenger believes the move is a big step down for someone who has never played outside the top flight of English football.

"It was a surprise, because of the level Notts County play at. That shows you as well how much financial potential Notts County has suddenly," he said.

"Time will show if it is a good move for him. It depends what is in his mind, if it is purely a football move or if it is a long-term move that he wants to be involved afterwards as a coach.

"Maybe it can be a good decision if he wants to build something on the longer term. On the short term, he will suffer a bit because he is used to top-level football.

"When you move down, it is always difficulty to cope mentally."