Sol Campbell: Tottenham like a boat with no rudder, Arsenal better

Former Arsenal star Sol Campbell has been talking about his decision to leave Tottenham Hotspur over a decade ago.

Former member of Arsenal's unbeaten 2003/04 side has defended once again his controversial switch from rivals Tottenham.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, he claims Spurs fans should be happy he stayed as long as he did, having rejected an earlier opportunity to leave for Manchester United.

Perhaps that would have been preferable to fans though, no only would they want to have acquired a fee for his services, but he would not have left for their bitter North London rivals.

Discussing his choice to leave and why he left, he claims it was because in terms of structure, they simply did not compare to Arsenal.

"At Tottenham, I was just playing on talent all the time. Talent is great but you have to structure it and there was no structure.

"Arsene Wenger had a structure with everything he did and my talent just slotted in with the structure. Talent with no structure is just like a boat with no rudder. It doesn’t work.”

More than a decade on and Tottenham fans could be forgiven for asking if Campbell's words still apply. While the club have a terrific youth system still in place, the direction of the club continues to waver.

Spurs find themselves with Tim Sherwood in charge, but little clarity over his future - and resultantly the club's long-term prospects. 

Andre Villas-Boas and Harry Redknapp have both been sacked over the past 18 months, while allowing Steven Caulker to leave last summer can he held up as a big mistake by the Tottenham hierarchy, with questions remaining over many of the big money signings.

Talent, as Campbell points out in regard to his time at the club, is not enough - For Spurs it's about good coaching, tactics, and longeivity. Tottenham need to back Sherwood for the long-term or put him out of his misery in order to give themselves a sustained chance of success.

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