By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes the "culture shock" of playing in the lower leagues prompted Sol Campbell's swift exit from Notts County.

The former Arsenal defender arrived at Meadow Lane in a blaze of publicity last month. The signing of Campbell was a real statement of intent by County's ambitious new owners, who had already installed former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson as their manager.

Campbell made his debut in a 2-1 defeat at Morecambe on Saturday but has now left County by mutual consent. Eriksson has expressed his "disappointment" in the 35-year-old but Wenger can understand why Campbell jumped ship so quickly.

"I believe it's always a cultural shock to go down a level," said the Arsenal manager.

"I know by experience by talking to some players who I had who have done that.

"They all have experienced it badly in the first six months and you can understand that.

"I believe Sol has enough still in the locker to play in the Premier League and I knew that it would be difficult for him [at Notts County]."

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24 Sep 2009