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An evening with an Arsenal legend

An evening with an Arsenal legend

Standing room only as Arsenal legend, Sol Campbell, met up with 100 AISA members to share his thoughts on all things Arsenal. Compere for the night was the superb Tom Watt. The 90 minutes passed in a flash - a few highlights:

On training methods at Arsenal. "It was a dream compared to what I was used to at Tottenham, where there was often no structure that I could see."

Why do so many Arsenal players get injured these days? "The club has top notch medical staff; maybe the club needs more players at the top level so that when injuries occur the overall level of performance does not drop."

On the two controversially disallowed goals that he "scored" in the World Cup finals for England (against Argentina and Portugal) “I could understand the decision in the Argentina match; sometimes they’re given, sometimes they’re not. But against Portugal it was the influence of the home crowd; I’m convinced that the goal would have stood if it had been at the other end.”

On his first match at White Hart Lane as an Arsenal player. “I could see men, women, even  children, virtually frothing at the mouth. It was vile."

On plans for football management "I’m doing my badges; I don't know where or when I will use them. Maybe five years down the line, who knows. I would be aiming high; my ambition would be to win competitions and trophies that I didn’t achieve as a player".

On the back four that he came into at the start of the 2001-02 season. "It was a dream to be in a back line with players who were already very good at their jobs and became even better. Whereas at Tottenham I felt like I was doing 3 players jobs".

On his departure at that West Ham match “If it hadn't been that night it would have been another game. You can have all the material wealth in the world and sometimes it means nothing. At that time I just needed a hug but I had nobody to give it to me.”

On Arsenal's record in Europe. "Sometimes its just luck; take Chelsea's Champions League success. How else can you explain that. Maybe the current Arsenal side need more players who will genuinely frighten the opposition."

A great evening with a candid, likeable and engaging Arsenal Invincible.

More reports on the evening here, here and here.


‘Sol Campbell - The Authorised Biography’ by Simon Astaire is published in hardback by Spellbinding Media. AISA has a few signed copies remaining at £15.50 or £12.50 (collection). Email us for details.



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