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Sol Campbell To Quit Arsenal

Sol Campbell To Quit Arsenal


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."

Sign For Pompey Sol


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Date:Saturday July 8 2006
Time: 6:36PM

Comments

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another good signing. it would be awsome for you to sign sol campbell. i think it would do him well too.
wallis
08/07/2006 19:06:00
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I reckon almost any Prem club would be delighted to have him, hopefully he'll be on his way here as past rumours have suggested.
Tantona
08/07/2006 19:43:00
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Now it's up to the board to convince Sol to join Pompey. TA must have good connections with the player.
nelson
08/07/2006 19:58:00
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If he is money motivated, we miss out, but this good be a big name player to wake up all those who think we a re are just relegation fodder.
storagematt
08/07/2006 22:17:00
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Doesn't sound like he has confirmed a deal yet? "Playing abroad is something that would really interest me but at the moment I am keeping all of my options open." I have heard from a source close to the player he may be hanging up his boots and appearing in that Ballroom dancing show that Darren Gough was so wonderful on.
blueknight
08/07/2006 23:00:00
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He may well join portsmouth but that will only happen if his agent cannot get him into a MLS side. He has been desperate to play in the states for a couple of years now as its widely known he wants to follow in vinny jones shoes & become an actor when his football career is over. Arsenal didnt release him on a free for nothing so he certainly has a plan, whether that plan comes off or not we will all have to wait & see.
Ashburton Gooner
09/07/2006 09:50:00
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Cheers gooner, thats close to what i thought (going abroad) he might want to do.
FEn_100
09/07/2006 11:22:00
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yer i think he may do
lmatthews
09/07/2006 19:32:00
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Going abroad some nice warm Turkish place with a second rate league where he will still look good and get overpaid to do it. Its all money, the weekly pay cheque, last figure I heard bantered from Pompey of 40k, he will get more than that.
TeddyLyon
10/07/2006 00:58:00
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