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Campbell: North London Derby will be a harder game for Arsenal this time

In an exclusive interview with the Mirror, former Arsenal and Tottenham defender Sol Campbell says it could be a difficult test for the Gunners at White Hart Lane today.

The centre-back had two spells with Arsenal, his first after controversially leaving Spurs on a free transfer in 2001. He went on to enjoy great success at Highbury, but things have not been so great since the move to the Emirates Stadium.

Campbell’s other old side have caught up, and he thinks they were unfortunate to lose 5-2 to Arsenal earlier in the season, as they played much of the game with ten men. He said:

“I saw the first match between them this season at the Emirates and ­although Arsenal won 5-2, Tottenham played with 10 men for most of the game and it could still have been 4-4.

“The sending off of Emmanuel ­Adebayor was a big factor. With him there for the whole game, Tottenham could have won. So it will be a test for Arsenal at Tottenham, no question.

“And players like Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, who are playing at Tottenham for the first time, will need to be ready for that first 20 minutes which can be so intense. You have to be ready for that or you can be one or two goals down.”

It’s sure to be a close contest, and Campbell himself added that he wouldn’t pick a winner.

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