As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Arsenal great Campbell slams current team: This lot have no fight in them

Arsenal great Sol Campbell has taken aim at the current team.

Campbell was part of the Invincibles side of 2003/04, who were lauded as much for their strong, physical presence as they were for their attractive, pass-and-move brand of football.

Those days now seem like a distant memory round the Emirates, after Arsenal recorded their worst season in over two decades to finish eighth in the table.

Quoted by the Mirror, Campbell said: "When I was at Arsenal we had a team of tough guys... I don't know whether things have softened now.

"When I was there we had a team full of tough guys. All great gentlemen, straight-talking. There were loads of characters, great banter and with that came a few fights from time to time. But above all that, it was a team full of great personalities; great people.

"We didn't shy away from things at all. Is football like that now? Are Arsenal like that now? I don't think so."

"We were ruthless gentlemen. There is such a thing; you know what's good and what's bad but when it comes to football there's no mucking around. It's as simple as that."

He added: "Does the club want to start again, forgetting about how Arsenal of old used to win? You have to ask the guys at the top. It's a different time now.

"It was extremely tough when we were playing; I don't know whether things have softened now. Has life softened? Regardless, you still need those players with that fight inside of them who can go away to Burnley on a windy midweek night and get a result."


Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for your support!

Video of the day:

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free