By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger has expressed his surprise at Sol Campbell's transfer to Notts County. The Arsenal manager, however, believes the move could be a good one if the former Gunner wants a career in coaching.

“It was a surprise because of the level Notts County play at,” said the Arsenal manager ahead of the Champions League tie with Celtic. “That shows you how much financial potential Notts County have suddenly. In May, did you expect Sol to go to Notts County? Certainly not.”

Having been brought to Arsenal by Wenger in 2001, Campbell made 197 appearances and scored 11 goals before going to Portsmouth five years later.

The Arsenal manager said that he is unsure whether the move will work for Campbell but believes the centre half could have a future in coaching if he chooses to go down that avenue.

“Time will show if it’s a good move for him,” the Frenchman said. “It depends what is in his mind, if it is purely a football move or if it is a long-term move and he wants to be involved afterwards as a coach.

“Maybe it can be a good decision if he wants to build something in the long term. In the short term, he will suffer a bit because he is used to top-level football. When you move down, it is always difficult to cope mentally.”

Wenger also backed Campbell to succeed should he wish to pursue a career in coaching.

“Sol has coaching potential,” Wenger believes. “Every good central defender has coaching potential, because they always analyse the game of the strikers.”

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25 Aug 2009