Sol Campbell is Now a Toon

Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IJuly 28, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14:  Sol Campbell of Arsenal looks dejected after the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on April 14, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Arsenal's veteran defender Sol Campbell has signed a one-year contract with newly promoted Newcastle FC.

The veteran defender will play under Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, who was Tottenham's coach when the tough-tackling centre-back joined Spurs as a 14-year-old.

The 35-year-old defender has played for different clubs all through his career, including Tottenham, Portsmouth, Notts County, and Arsenal. He reached his peak at the Emirates, whom he joined from his parent club Tottenham.

Only David James, Ryan Giggs, and Gary Speed have played more Premier League matches than Campbell. A vastly experienced player, Sol also captained his national team. He won two Premier League titles and four FA Cup during his illustrious career of 18 long years.

The mild mannered centre-back had joined Arsenal on a short-term loan last season after he walked out on his contract with Notts County. He had failed to reach an agreement with the North London outfit and was let go as a free player.

Newcastle's boss was excited to sign the veteran centre-back, whom he has known from his teenage days. Campbell too was excited to join the St. James Park outfit. He said that it could be the best possible move for him at this point of his career.

Campbell's departure leaves the Gunners devoid of experienced players in their defense and manager Arsene Wenger needs to find a couple of defenders if they are to  challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Arsenal have been linked with a host of defenders as Wenger prepares to reinforce his squad, but they are yet to sign any new players. They have only signed the talented Laurent Koscielny so far.

Campbell was a fan favourite in Emirates and he should surely shine in Newcastle jersey before he ends his career. It remains to be seen who Wenger brings as replacement for the experienced Campbell and whether his new signing can fill the huge boots left empty by Sol.