Sol Campbell has reiterated that he never said that he will never play for Arsenal.
The former England international became the centre of controversy in the summer of 2001 when he left Tottenham Hotspur for their North London rivals Arsenal. The 39-year-old was reported to have snubbed a contract extension offer from Spurs to join the Gunners, with whom he would go on to win the Premier League twice and the FA Cup on three occasions.
The Spurs supporters never took kindly to him after he crossed the divide and labelled him as ‘Judas’. Their anger and sense of betrayal were also fuelled by a report in which it was claimed that prior to his move to Arsenal, Campbell had said that he would never play for the Gunners.
Campbell, who would go on to represent Portsmouth, Notts County and Newcastle United later in his career, has always denied many any such statements anywhere, and once again he has claimed that he is not guilty of it.
‘Maybe because the fans love me, maybe because the club didn’t get any money from me, maybe because of that article claiming I said I’d never play for Arsenal!’ he told FourFourTwo when asked why he thinks the Spurs fan detest him so much. ‘This supposed one line, that someone went looking for with a magnifying glass, that I’ve never even seen’.
Will Tottenham fans ever believe Campbell? Probably not.