8 Players to Play for Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur As the Teams Prepare for Derby Day

8 Players to Play for Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur As the Teams Prepare for Derby Day

  • There are 8 players who've appeared both for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the past
  • The likes of Sol Campbell, Emmanuel Adebayor and William Gallas are probably the most polarising figures on the list
  • The two sides meet on Saturday afternoon, looking to claim bragging right in the fierce rivalry

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur don't like each other. The two London arch-rivals face off on Saturday lunchtime in an eagerly awaited encounter.

The two teams have made impressive starts to the Premier League season, with Arsenal sitting pretty at the top while Spurs are just one point behind.

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Emmanuel Adebayor, David Bentley, Sol Campbell, William Gallas, Premier League
Left to right: Emmanuel Adebayor, David Bentley, Sol Campbell. Photos by Jamie McDonald, Phil Cole and Shaun Botterill.
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The north London derby is, therefore, finely poised. Sports Brief has looked at players who were audacious enough to play for both these teams.

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There aren't many of them, but most of their names evoke hostility among opposition fans. Here are eight players to play for both Spurs and the Gunners, according to The Sun.

Players to play both for Arsenal and Spurs

Sol Campbell

Campbell's switch to Arsenal from Spurs is the notorious one. The Englishman moved to Arsenal in 2001 in a bid to win trophies. To make it worse for Spurs fans, he left on a free transfer and won the double in his first season

William Gallas

Gallas first played for Chelsea, then Arsenal and finally Spurs. His perceived unruly behaviour made him loved and loathed in equal measure, according to the Telegraph. He left Arsenal to join Spurs on a free transfer

Emmanuel Adebayor

Adebayor played for the Gunners from 2006-2009 and then Spurs from 2011-2015. He infamously and wildly celebrated scoring for Manchester City for Arsenal in 2009, something which left a lasting memory among Arsenal fans.

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Pat Jennings

The legendary Northern Irishman goalkeeper is a rarity. He became the first man to play over 1,000 games. He had hugely successful spells with both crosstown rivals, winning virtually everything in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

David Bentley

Bentley was Arsenal's youth product. After finding playing time hard to come by, he moved to Blackburn in 2006 and later joined Spurs.

Willie Young, Jimmy Robertson, Rohan Ricketts, Laurie Brown and Clive Allen are other players to have played for both sides.

Gallas tips Arsenal to win the Premier League

Sports Brief earlier reported on former Arsenal and Spurs captain William Gallas backing the Gunners to win the Premier League.

Gallas believes that Mikel Arteta's side can go all the way because of the lack of Champions League football at the Emirates.

He said picking the winners for Saturday afternoon's derby was hard since the match could go either way.

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