Sol Campbell believes Thursday evening’s North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham will end in a draw… but he’s refused to say which team he’s supporting.
The Gunners can secure Champions League qualification with an away win against Spurs. Arsenal are fourth in the Premier League heading into the vital fixture, four points ahead of Tottenham in fifth. Both teams have just three games remaining.
Campbell famously left Spurs for Arsenal on a free transfer in the summer of 2001. It’s perhaps the most controversial move in Premier League history, as the England international was Tottenham’s captain and came through the ranks at White Hart Lane.
The 47-year-old made more than 300 appearances for Spurs – winning the League Cup in 1999 – before switching his allegiance. The move paid off, as Campbell went on to win two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Community Shield at Highbury.
The centre-back also scored in a Champions League final – losing 2-1 to Barcelona in 2006 – and played more than 200 games for Arsenal across two spells. He later won a fourth FA Cup crown during a three-year spell under Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth.
“I think it will be a score draw,” Campbell told talkSPORT on Thursday. “I think the momentum is with Arsenal they are playing fantastically away from home as well. They are getting the wins, they are open though.
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“There have been moments when they are open and the other teams haven’t taken their chances. They will have to tighten up because if Tottenham get those openings they will finish them off. I think a score draw.”
When asked who he’s supporting, Campbell added: “I’m just going to sit back and enjoy it and see how Arsenal go. I’m really interested to see how Arsenal go because you know beating Chelsea, beating Man Utd they’ve put themselves in the driving position.
“They deserve to be there. But you never know, Tottenham are at home, they might roll their sleeves up and say we are going to spoil your party we are going to show who we are and drag out and see if you can control yourself in the last couple of games.”
Arsenal haven’t qualified for the Champions League or finished above bitter rivals Tottenham for six years. Since then, they’ve said goodbye to two managers in Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery, as well as a host of big-name players – including Mesut Ozil.
Spurs, meanwhile, are hoping to end a two-year exile from Europe’s most prestigious competition. They have competed in both the Europa League and Europa Conference League during the last two seasons after reaching the Champions League final in 2019 – losing 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.
Gary Neville has backed Tottenham to beat Arsenal on Thursday evening. “I think it will be a really tasty game on Thursday night, not just because of the fact it’s a North London derby and they’re playing for Champions League places,” added the pundit.