By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger wants Arsenal supporters to show due respect to William Gallas if he lines up against them in the North London derby.
The French defender was set to move to Tottenham on a free transfer on Friday just weeks after his contract at Emirates Stadium expired.
Gallas turned down the chance of a new deal with Arsenal and would be the first major player to cross the North London divide since former Spurs captain Sol Campbell moved to Highbury nine years ago.
Campbell has been subjected to verbal abuse whenever he has returned to play at White Hart Lane since that surprise transfer and Wenger hopes that Gallas is not targeted in a similar way when the local rivals meet at the Emirates on Sunday, November 21.
"In the derby, Gallas might be exposed to fan chants and things like that," admitted the Arsenal boss.
"I hope it isn't the same [as it was for Campbell]. You always want your fans to show respect for people that have played for your club.
"We do not always get it because there are always excessive reactions but the biggest part of the Club will understand that.
"I don't think it is a major problem for Gallas. I personally accept completely that he goes to Spurs because he has not found an agreement with us and then we must accept he signs where he wants."