Sol Campbell divides opinion in North London like no other player. Tottenham fans have hated sim since the day he signed for Arsenal after running down his Spurs contract in 2001. Meanwhile, Arsenal fans love him in equal measure.
The Spurs moved above their north London rivals into third place following an impressive 3-0 win at Norwich on Tuesday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have lost just once in the last eight league games, and sit five points behind surprise leaders Leicester City heading into the weekend’s fixtures.
Such consistent form has seen genuine hope emerge around White Hart Lane that the current crop of Tottenham talent can deliver what would be their first championship since the double-winning side of 1960/1961.
However Campbell, in an interview with Sportlobster, claimed that the current Spurs team lacks experienced winners in their side and it has led to a sort of Twitter meltdown among Spurs fans.
He said: “Tottenham have been very impressive of late but I think the same can be said of Spurs as that of Leicester; experience under pressure could be key to success. The last eight to ten games of the season are when you really found out who you are as a player, team and a club as a whole.
“At the moment they’re going along fantastically well and you have to say they’ve given themselves a chance of winning the Premier League but they don’t have a lot of winners in their team. By that I mean they don’t have players who have experienced success in a league of this quality, they’re a young side with a lot of talent but they might lack a player who has ‘been there, done that.’ The sort of player who will keep everyone calm, focused and believing that anything’s possible.
“Leicester are in the same position. As a club they have entered unknown territory and it’s going to be brilliant to see if either club can hold their nerve and produce a real challenge right to the end of the season.”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Twitter went crazy about the 41-year-old’s comments. Therefore, here are the best (and the worst) tweets:
Sol Campbell just described winners (in football) as people who have won trophies & now Twitter’s gone crazy at him even though he’s right
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) February 4, 2016
Sol Campbell should win the 2016 Bellend’Or and have it backdated to 2001.
— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) February 4, 2016
If there’s one person whose opinion on Spurs I’m always desperate to know it’s 100% Sol Campbell’s. Gift us more of your wisdom, Sol.
— Bex Smith (@BexKSmith) February 4, 2016
Surprised to see Sol Campbell has time to watch football what with all that grouse-shooting bantz and standing for elected office
— Adam Powley (@adampowley) February 4, 2016
Sol Campbell said Spurs lack “winners” and they’re screaming. Even our own legends say the same thing and we don’t bat an eyelid
— Nnamdi Obinwanne (@obisingledigit) February 4, 2016
When sol campbell dies it will be a great day 🎉🎉
— Tavwaaa (@SwivelOnMyFat1) February 4, 2016
— Mike Hall (@mhallscouse) February 4, 2016
— Marco Giacobbe (@MarcoGiacobbe) February 4, 2016
Sol Campbell has really riled up the Spuds poo nest.
— AniNtuen (@anintuen) February 4, 2016
Everytime Sol Campbell opens his mouth, don’t you just wanna say…. pic.twitter.com/sPIVSfWunm
— Ftblmania (@ftblmania) February 4, 2016
Sol Campbell is the type of guy who is your best friend at first but then isn’t after gossiping about you
— TopTottenham (@TopTottenham) February 4, 2016
To everyone slagging off Sol Campbell for his comments. Unless Spurs actually go on to win the league, then he’s 100% correct.
— Antony Taylor (@Postmanton) February 4, 2016