Sol was unveiled as a Gunner at a press conference on Tuesday after a summer of speculation linking him with the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan following his decision to walk away from the Lane on a Bosman free transfer.
It’s a move that has shocked everyone connected with Spurs including first team coach Chris, the man who arguably knows Sol better than anyone having helped his development since joining our coaching staff in 1993.
Speaking from our pre-season training camp in La Manga, Chris insisted: “It is a blow but from July 1 he ceased to be a Tottenham Hotspur player and so, from then on, it was his choice on where he was going to go.
“I just wish him all the best and hope that it’s a beneficial move for him.
“One thing I know for sure is that going there would have been an incredibly difficult decision.
“He played here for a number of years and in effect had been here since he was 14.
“He spent a long time at the club so for him to make the decision to go to Arsenal, knowing what it would mean to the supporters, must had been incredibly hard to make.
“That must have been the reason why it’s taken so long.
“All we can do is wish him the best. Certainly, the Spurs supporters shouldn’t forget what he did for the club. He did an awful lot and spent an awful lot of his career here.”
Chris Hughton is adamant it must have been a gut-wrenching decision for Sol Campbell to join our rivals Arsenal.