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Sounding off on Sol: Part II

Posted on 5 July 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Here is the second installment from our responses to the question <EM>'what do you think of Sol Campbell's move to Arsenal'</EM>. It is such an emotive issue and, predictably, fans are unhappy at Sol swapping N17 for N5. <P>From Karl Vernum, Knebworth: It still feels incomprehensible that a captain of Spurs and long-serving player can defect to Arsenal. If you have lived and breathed Spurs for that long you know what the fans&rsquo&#59; feelings are towards Gooners. He had the pick of any top club in Europe and still choose Arsenal. It is the greatest betrayal and insult to Spurs fans ever. I hope he gets a suitable welcome back in November.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN><P><P>From Andrew Rousou, Hornchurch: Let's not act like jilted lovers, Campbell has made his choice and he is the one who has to live with himself. Instead, I hope all the Spurs team and management can have an inspired season and win something, get into Europe and show Sol that he made a big mistake. Wouldn't it be great if the Gooners didn't win anything - AGAIN!<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>From Joel Leftley, Crawley Down: I for one will not miss Sol. He has let down Tottenham fans who who have wished him well had he signed for any other club. Although there seems a lack of loyalty on modern day football, Campbell has betrayed us at THFC. Glenn must sign a quality centre back (ie Southgate) and forget Sol.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>First of all, he lets his contract run out, so we get no cash for him. I think it&rsquo&#59;s fair to say that if he had gone last year instead of flirting with all the fans and the club by pretending he might sign a new contract, we would have probably got at least &pound&#59;15million for him. Therefore, enough cash to buy a world class replacement. Then when he tells us he&rsquo&#59;s off, I think most Spurs fans would wish him well if he went abroad, or even to Liverpool or Chelsea. But Arsenal? For someone who claims to be a Spurs fan that is very strange behaviour. Inter or Arsenal? Barca or Arsenal? Bayern or Arsenal? Sol was my favourite player and I think he enjoyed a special relationship with the fans, and now he&rsquo&#59;s ruined it. I think I speak for us all when I say I feel let down and betrayed. It&rsquo&#59;s like there&rsquo&#59;s been a death in the family, or your girlfriend's moved in with your worst enemy.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>From Peter Land, Ware: I think A*****l have taken a big chance. &pound&#59;20million is a lot for a player whose distribution is poor. We'll miss his well-timed tackling, but not his misplaced passes. I thoroughly hope that he will fail and A*****l will again fail to win anything.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>From Paul Nightingale, Milton Keynes: To hell with Sol. He's gone so lets make sure he's made a mistake by getting into Europe next season - knocking Arsenal out the cups on the way - and then beating them in the league as well.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59; </SPAN>Anthony Gardner is a hot future prospect.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp&#59;</SPAN>Sol who?<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P class=MsoNormal style="mso-layout-grid-align: none">From Lee Sullivan, Langley, Slough: Sol said himself that he was Tottenham through and through, then he contradicted himself by joining the enemy. He had some of the world&rsquo&#59;s greatest clubs interested in him and he stabs us in the back. Although I do wish Sol all the luck in the world - he is going to need all that luck when he comes back to White Hart Lane!<P class=MsoNormal style="mso-layout-grid-align: none">From Alex Lewis, Friern Barnet, London: In today's day and age it is not surprising that he walked out the way he did and that he joined Arsenal. I did not mind him going, he gave it a long stint at the club, but it did come as a real blow when he decided, out of all the teams who held interest, Arsenal. The sad fact is, whatever he says and whatever he has done, means absolutely nothing as not only did he walk out on the club, he also went to join the other side of North London. However hard a time he has from either sets of fans, it is all justified because he will of brought all this on himself. He is a professional, he knows what&rsquo&#59;s at stake between both fans and although I wish him well, not one Spurs fan will be able to talk about him the same way again.<o:p></o:p></SPAN><P>From Matt Chapman, Dianella, Australia: Sol&rsquo&#59;s decision to leave White Hart Lane was a sad one for all Spurs supporters, although it was understandable. He had given his all to the club during his time here and it was not surprising that he wanted to play top level football at this stage in his career. Personally, I wished him all the best for the future and hoped that he would find success in whatever team he chose. However, the decision to join the Gooner squad was indeed disrespectful to the team that had shown him loyalty in the previous 12 years. Moving to a team such as Liverpool, Barcelona or Inter Milan (sorry, but a Man Utd move would nearly have been as bad as a Gooner Switch) would not have been met with anywhere near as much criticism. You certainly wouldn&rsquo&#59;t have seen Hoddle at the peak in his career defect to the Gooner camp because he wanted more success. When it ultimately comes down to it, you just don&rsquo&#59;t switch from being the captain of one squad to a member of their fiercest rivals. That isn&rsquo&#59;t the attribute of a true Spurs supporter. I hope that Sol receives the success that he desires at Highbury, because if he doesn&rsquo&#59;t he will look back in 20 years and regret the switch. Undoubtedly, he will face a wrath like non other and I hope that his own personal safety is not jeopardised by fans who believe this move to be bigger than what it really is. It is time for us to move towards the future with our leader Hoddle back in the driver&rsquo&#59;s seat. Come on Spurs, let&rsquo&#59;s prove his decision to be a wrong one and beat them on the pitch! The glory days are just<o:p></o:p></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'&#59; FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt&#59; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'&#59; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB&#59; mso-fareast-language: EN-US&#59; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA"> around the corner!</SPAN>