Sol Campbell couldn’t help but have a dig at former club Spurs recently.
The defender, who left Tottenham for Arsenal in 2001, is a hot topic between the two clubs. Understandably, that lot down the road reckon he’s a traitor and, equally as understandably, we love him for it. He went on to have a successful career with the red side of north London and it’s clear where his loyalties still lie.
Talking about this mythical power shift in north London, which, let’s be honest, is hardly a new topic, the Arsenal legend remarked:
“Power shift is when you start winning Premier Leagues and FA Cups on a regular basis and getting to quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of the Champions League, that’s power shift,” Campbell said to City A.M.
“Power shift is not one season. Power shift is when you’ve got consistency over a five or 10-year period, that’s power shift. There is no evidence yet.
“There is potential, but everybody has got potential. It’s all about realising potential and making it into reality.
“The trouble with football now is a lot of people jump up and down after about one or two seasons.
“Come back to me when it’s five or 10 seasons and you have consistently played top, top football. It’s all about consistency over the years, not just one season.”
The 41-year-old is completely right. If a ‘power shift’ is about the here and now, surely that makes Leicester City the most powerful club in England? But no one’s saying that now, are they? Most critics, fans, managers and players are actually saying that next season, with the Foxes in the Champions League for the first time, we’ll see how they really handle the extra fixtures and pressure.
Part of power in football is longevity. Say what you want about Wenger, but we’re now guaranteed a place in the Champions League again. We’re always there. That’s staying power.