Sol Campbell: Why Arsenal are much better than Tottenham
Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell discusses his controversial move to Gunners from Spurs in 2001
Sol Campbell says everything about Arsenal was better than Tottenham Hotspur.
The former England international completed one of the Premier League’s most-controversial transfers in 2001 after he swapped Spurs for their north London rivals Arsenal in a free transfer.
Campbell won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and finished as a runner-up in the Champions League during his five-year spell at the Gunners before he joined Porstmouth in 2006.
And speaking to ESPN on Thursday, the 40-year-old lifted the lid on the differences between Arsenal and Tottenham.
“It was a move that I needed to make. Going to Arsenal was a big progression for me. Everything about Arsenal was better than Spurs at the time from the players, management to the mentality of the club and the facilities.
“I wanted to improve myself as both a person and a footballer. It was a highly controversial move and Spurs fans have not forgotten it, but it was the best thing that I could have done for myself.”
Campbell scored 11 goals in 197 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side during his five-year stay at Highbury.
The former England centre-half was part of Wenger’s Invincibles side that won the Premier League title in 2004 without suffering a defeat in the English top-flight.
The Premier League legend scored one goal in 73 appearances for the England national team during his 11-year international career.