Date:Saturday July 8 2006
Sol Campbell has confirmed that he will be leaving Arsenal.BR>
Campbell has just returned from International duty and has apparently spoken to his manager today regarding his future. A move to Portsmouth now looks like a distinct possibility.
Campbell said: "I have spent five fantastic, trophy-filled seasons at the club, with many truly memorable moments, including winning the Premiership title in 2004 by remaining unbeaten for the entire campaign.
"So, it is with a sense of pride, achievement and the desire for a fresh challenge that I depart. Playing abroad is something that would really interest me but at the moment I am keeping all of my options open.
"I would like to thank: Arshne Wenger for everything he has done for me; the world-class players that I have been privileged to play alongside and accomplish so much; everyone behind the scenes, from the directors to the staff and lastly but by no means least, to the fans. You have been a constant source of warm-spirited support for which I am truly grateful.
"I'd like to thank everyone associated with the club for the wonderful memories and wish the team the best of luck in the future."
Arsene Wenger has praised the players impact on Arsenal.
Wenger said: "Sol has been a giant for us since his arrival in 2001. His desire and presence have been instrumental to our success over the past five years, but we respect his decision to move on and of course, we are very sorry to see him go.
"Sol was at the heart of our defence and he will take away with him many fantastic memories, which he richly deserves.
"Winning two Premiership titles, three FA Cups and scoring in the Champions League final against Barcelona will surely be highlights he will treasure.
"He also excelled for England, playing in six consecutive international tournaments since 1998, three of which were during his time at Arsenal.
"Indeed Sol's international record is outstanding. He was named in the official All Star Team of the Tournament for the World Cup in 2002 as well as Euro 2004 - accolades that very few share.
"I would like to thank Sol for his tremendous contribution. His commitment, stature and strength of character have served us remarkably well, both individually and as a team player who captained the side.
"I know that the younger players, who have progressed here over recent times, have benefited hugely from playing alongside Sol.
Everyone at the club wishes Sol all the best for the future."
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