On This Day 2001: Sol Campbell joins Arsenal

England substitute Sol Campbell

Arsenal signed Tottenham Hotspur defender Sol Campbell on a free transfer in 2001.

Arsenal's Sol Campbell is dejected after being booked Sol Campbell was a man-mountain at the back for Arsenal

On the 3rd of July 2001, Arsenal laid the foundations for much of their future success with the free signing of Sol Campbell after his contract had expired with their fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Campbell was the first player to cross the North London divide since Kevin Stead in 1978, and one of only nine players to move from Spurs to the Gunners in their history.

Sol Campbell SpursSol Campbell was one of the few to make the move from Spurs to Arsenal

The move turned out to be a masterstroke as Campbell helped Arsenal win the Premier League title in his first season with the club.

He was also part of the 'invincible' team of 2003/04, that went an incredible 49 games unbeaten in the league.

Campbell's controversial move to Arsenal was totally vindicated for him on a personal level after he finished his Gunners career with two Premier League titles and three FA Cup medals to his name - something that he would have never achieved had he stayed at White Hart Lane.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger pulled off a masterstroke in 2001 with the signing of Campbell

He went on to make 197 appearances for Arsenal before leaving for Portsmouth in 2006. He made a brief return to the club in 2010 on a short-term contract, where he managed 14 appearances.

Campbell ended his professional career in 2011, with 73 international caps with England to his name, but it is what happened on this day 15 years ago that he will be remembered for most.

Sol Campbell EnglandCampbell was one of the best centre-halves the Premier League has seen

 

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