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Campbell Seeks 'Fresh Challenge'

After 5 service at Highbury, Sol Campbell has decided to move on and look for a 'fresh challenge'.

Sol released a statement today thanking the club, the players and the fans.

Campbell said: "After much consideration, I have taken the decision to leave Arsenal.

"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: Arsène 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."

Campbell has provide us Gooners with so many wonderful memories, not least giving us premature hope of Euro glory after heading home in this years Champions League Final. Not only has Sol giving us memories on the pitch, but he has only given us one among many reasons to taunt the fans from down the road.

The decision to quit does not come as any great shock, but is sad all the same, a sentiment echoed by Arsene Wenger.

"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."

So with that, we would all like to wish Sol Campbell all the best in which ever of life's path's he chooses, and thank him for his professionalism, commitment and all those crunching tackles.

Good luck big man.

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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 8 2006

Time: 6:54PM

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Does that mean he is coming to Pompey? I hope so he is a quality player and what better challenge than joining the south coast number 1
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08/07/2006 19:11:00

people saying he's going to portsmouth, it would be good for him and portsmouth! and i think it would/could be alright with you, you could get a bit of money and/or a better replacment
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08/07/2006 19:11:00

Arsenal & Portsmouth have always seemed to have a special kind of releationship (even after Bobby Pires' dive) your fans appear to have a great respect for our football, and we have the utmost respect for the way you guys support your club, second to none, I think Sol would be a great addition to your squad, the fans would love him and he'll always be welcome back at Arsenal.
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08/07/2006 19:19:00

Sol is a good lad, and I hope he does well where ever he goes. Hopefully not back to Spurs, but Portsmouth would be good for him.
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08/07/2006 19:22:00

sol campbell what a solid stone he has been for us. i wish him all the best and if hes going to pourtsmouth i really dont mind because he is talented and he will help them so much with his experience. he will be missed but i can see him going abroad for a fresh challenge.
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08/07/2006 19:36:00

He did us proud. WE had his best years, WE got to taunt spu*s for 5 years and WE enjoyed success with him. Thanks Sol and good luck!
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08/07/2006 19:39:00

no no, I didn't want him to go, but he is and fully respect his Decsion and support him whereever he goes. Who will take over now? Senderous I think.
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08/07/2006 19:53:00

i hope Sol joins Fenerbahce.They ate ten times the team pompey are.he would be very silly to prefer portsmouth to fenerbahce, hakan,istanbul
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08/07/2006 20:35:00

are* -ate
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08/07/2006 20:36:00

good luck to him, he has been good for the arsenal and i hope that he has good success where ever he goes, thanks for the five years of service sol
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08/07/2006 22:25:00

Portsmouth is a bigger club than fenerbace.Good luck Sol.
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08/07/2006 23:20:00

Gutted!! I thought he was still on a £60k a week contract for another 3 years - spose its worth letting him go for nothing to save the wage bill! Good luck Sol - I'd rather you left the prem, your a nightmare to play against.
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09/07/2006 02:17:00

Bye Bye Judas and good riddance!!
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09/07/2006 10:47:00

come to bournemouth lol
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09/07/2006 11:18:00

Now now Woddy, just because Sol Campbell won more medals in five years than you entire Spurs squad, is no reason to be bitter.
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09/07/2006 11:27:00

Well he was a great player but to be honest it was time to go. Great servant but hes just not confident in his abilitys and we cannot afford that uncertainty at the emirates stadium next season. We cannot afford any flaws and will replace him with a defender who can actually bring the ball forward and link up with midfield, kinda like marquez(barca) or terry(chelsea). Probably that Salcido or Mexes(doubt it), but which ever defender we bring in must be able to do this as it is essential in the modern game. Well done solseous campbell, thanks for your service and good luck at fenerbache or wherever u decide to go. Thanx mate...
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09/07/2006 12:35:00

We shall never forget him he has done so much we wish him all the best of luck
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09/07/2006 13:24:00

Campbell Campbell Campbell, sol cambell has won the double, best chant i think that he ever has long live sol nd what the big man has done for us over the years
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10/07/2006 21:08:00

Walcott - I'll think you'll find the chant starts "Double double double"!!!!
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11/07/2006 20:25:00

Since Eezleengton is now offcially bilingual, we can only say "bon debarras" to small Campbell. After years of listening to supporters mumble a Pet Shop Boys anthem, perhaps he's disappointed that the Dutch club isn't named PSB Hind-hoven.
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12/07/2006 20:33:00

Another hilarious joke from GWN... when will he stop with these side-splitting gags. Please, the pain. I wish Sol Campbell good luck, he's been immense when at his best and has been integral to our recent success... unfortunately his best days are behind him.
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13/07/2006 12:57:00

GWN you sPOORs numptys never saw the best of SOL we did got trophys in the cabinet ......... oh yeah and he was absolutly FREE
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13/07/2006 16:17:00


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