By Chris Harris

Sol Campbell decided to leave Tottenham because he wanted to challenge for trophies, according to Arsène Wenger.

The 35-year-old defender is back at White Hart Lane this evening for a North London derby, nine long years since he gave up the captaincy in N17 to join the quest for honours in N5.

The centre back got what he wanted at Arsenal - he won the Double in his first season, played a key role in the 'Invincibles' campaign, won two further FA Cup medals and scored in a Champions League Final - and now he is back in search of another League title.

Wenger understands why Tottenham's supporters will show their hostility to Campbell tonight but he also understands why the player switched allegiances back in 2001.

"He’s made a choice, at the time we had a winning side, he wanted to play for titles and you cannot stop him," said Wenger.

"You have the right to go where you want when you’re out of contract.

"It's simple, Campbell is an Arsenal player now. When he was looking for fitness he came back here so he considers himself an Arsenal player. That’s how I take it.

"[But remember, Jamie] O’Hara was a youngster here [at Arsenal]. At the end of the day he went to Tottenham and is making a good career, so good luck to him."

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14 Apr 2010