RIP Kevin Campbell

Former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell has died at the age of 54 after a short illness. Campbell scored 148 goals in 542 appearances across spells with eight clubs during his career. He won four major trophies with Arsenal before going on to play for Leyton Orient, Leicester, Nottingham Forest, Trabzonspor, Everton, West Brom and Cardiff. He was capped four times by¬†England U21, scoring once and received a call-up to the¬†England B team in 1991, for whom he earned one cap. Campbell made his final appearance as a player in February 2007 before moving into broadcasting. ¬†earlier this month he became ill in May and was “very unwell” in hospital.

After coming through Arsenal’s youth set-up, Campbell made his senior debut for the club in 1988, following loan spells with Leyton Orient and Leicester. He scored nine goals in 22 appearances for the Gunners during their title-winning 1990-91 campaign. Campbell then helped the London club win the FA Cup and League Cup double in 1993, and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. Forest signed Campbell in the summer of 1995, and he spent three seasons at the City Ground, scoring 22 goals in 39 games during his final term to help the club win promotion to the Premier League.

Following a short stint in Turkey with Trabzonspor, Campbell moved to Everton on loan in March 1999, scoring nine times in their final eight Premier League games to help the Toffees avoid relegation. He was rewarded with a permanent deal that summer, and stayed for more than five seasons. Campbell’s playing career came to an end with spells at West Brom and Cardiff. After his death was announced, Campbell’s former Arsenal team-mate Ian Wright posted a number of crying emojis on X and images of the pair together.

Tony Adams – Campbell’s former Arsenal team-mate and captain – wrote on X: “Super Kev: a goal machine, a giant of a man, with an even bigger heart. “An intensely private and a truly wonderful human being. I’m devastated for his loved ones, and all of us. Love you Super Kev, Skipper.” Alan Smith – another former team-mate – told Sky Sports News it was a “tragic day”. Campbell was featured on the¬†Sky Sports¬†series¬†Where are They Now?¬†in 2008, when he was the co-owner of security company T1 Protection, specialising in supplying bodyguards to celebrities and other wealthy customers whilst travelling abroad.

He also worked with Asia-based¬†Sony TEN¬†as a commentator for their Premier League and¬†Champions League coverage. Campbell ran a record label, 2 Wikid, with the label’s first signing being rapper¬†Mark Morrison, who had previously topped the charts with “Return of the Mack” in 1996. His son¬†Tyrese¬†is also a footballer. He plays for¬†Stoke City.

Some Facts About The European Championships

The original concept for the European Championships was mooted in the 1950s by Henri Delaunay, the inaugural General Secretary of UEFA. In 1960, France hosted the first tournament, featuring four teams. It has now grown to a 24-team structure.

French football administrator Henri Delaunay had the idea for the UEFA European Championship in the 1920s, but the first took place in 1960. The Soviet Union won the inaugural edition after beating Yugoslavia 2-1 in the final.

There have been innumerable unforgettable moments and fairytales during the Euros. According to Goal, the 1992 edition saw the Danes win the tournament after being called up as a last-minute replacement for Yugoslavia. Greece also stunned the world by winning the 2004 tournament after defeating its host, Portugal.

The evolution of the Euro ball mirrors the broader shifts in football gear and technology, from the early days of using simple leather balls to the modern days of using highly engineered versions. The tournament ball’s style and name typically reflect the host nation’s cultural background.

The tournament has grown in size and appeal over the years. The number of teams increased from four in 1960 to eight in 1980, sixteen in 1996, and twenty-four in 2016. The qualification process has also changed over the years. Hundreds of teams fight in a demanding qualification campaign to participate in the final tournament, up from a handful initially.

Germany and Spain are the most successful teams in the European champions, with three titles each. The Germans won in 1972, 1980, and 1996, while the Spaniards lifted the trophy in 1964, 2008, and 2012. Michel Platini holds the record for most goals in a single tournament, scoring nine for France in the 1984 competition.

The record for a single match attendance was set in 1964 at the Santiago Bernab√©u Stadium in Madrid when 79,115 people watched Spain beat the Soviet Union in the final. The Netherlands’ 6-1 quarterfinal victory over Yugoslavia in 2000 was the most¬†significant upset¬†in the tournament.

Euro 2024 Germany : Looking Forward To A Great Tournament

And yes the Euros are upon us. This weekend see the start of a month long tournament where the best of the best in Europe, who have fought to become one of the 24, will duke it out to be crowned kings of Europe for the next four years. The¬†2024 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as¬†UEFA Euro 2024¬†(stylised as¬†UEFA EURO 2024) or simply¬†Euro 2024, will be the 17th edition of the¬†UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international¬†football¬†championship organised by¬†UEFA¬†for the¬†European men’s national teams of its member associations.

Germany¬†will host the tournament, which is scheduled to take place from 14 June 2024 to 14 July 2024, and the winner will later compete in the 2025¬†CONMEBOL‚ÄďUEFA Cup of Champions¬†against the¬†2024 Copa Am√©rica¬†winner. The tournament will comprise 24 teams, with¬†Georgia the only team making their European Championship finals debut. It will be the third time that European Championship matches are played on German territory and the second time in¬†reunified Germany, as¬†West Germany¬†hosted the tournament’s¬†1988¬†edition, and four matches of the multi-national¬†Euro 2020¬†were played in¬†Munich. It will be the first time the competition is held in what was formerly¬†East Germany¬†with¬†Leipzig¬†as a host city, as well as the first major tournament since the¬†2006 FIFA World Cup that a reunified Germany serves as a solo host nation.

Italy¬†are the defending champions, having won the¬†2020 tournament¬†against¬†England¬†on¬†penalties¬†in the¬†final. Look for them to be string contenders again along with France, who will want to win the Euros badly after losing the World Cup final to Argentina, England (who some have tipped to win it), Spain & hosts Germany. Netherlands will be the dark horse along with possibly Belgium and Portugal. Here’s to some excellent games.

WHICH TEAMS HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE FOR 2024/25

Southampton won the Championship playoffs final against Leeds United on Sunday to become the third and final team to win promotion to the Premier League next season. Leicester City, Ipswich Town and Southampton are the three Championship sides that have been promoted for the 2024-25 Premier League season.

Leicester won the Championship title with 97 points to get back into the English top-flight after being relegated last season. Leicester City who unwantedly had to drop a division after an 18th-place PL finish in 2022-23, have bounced back immediately. At the start of the season, the Foxes’ sole objective was to clinch the second division title and gain automatic promotion to the PL. After 46 league games and 97 points on the league table, they did end up doing just that.

Ipswich Town too achieved promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 22 years after beating Huddersfield Town on the final day of the Championship regular season. Southampton finished the league stage fourth with 87 points but won the playoffs qualification. It beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 on aggregate in the semifinal. The Saints then beat Leeds 1-0 with an early goal scored by Adam Armstrong to seal their spot in the PL.

Three teams qualify for the Premier League every season:

  • The Championship league stage winner – Leicester City
  • The Championship league stage runner-up – Ipswich Town
  • The winner of the Championship playoffs final – Southampton

Which Teams Have Been Relegated From The Premier League in 2023/24

The Premier League relegation battle is often one of the most engaging elements of an English league season ‚ÄĒ at least, if you’re not a fan of a team facing the drop. The bottom three sides in the Premier League table at the end of the season drop down into the EFL Championship, to be replaced by the top two from the second tier and the winners of the¬†Championship playoff final. Sheffield United had long looked doomed in 2024 after struggling on their return to the top table, while Burnley were also mired in a relegation battle for the majority of the season despite their impressive Championship performances under Vincent Kompany.

Luton Town were fighting for survival until the final day, while Everton and Nottingham Forest had major scares amid points deductions for financial rule breaches.

Who have been relegated from the Premier League?

Luton Town ‚ÄĒ¬†Week 38 asked a miracle for Luton Town to stay up. There was little intervention. Luton needed to win by a lot and have Nottingham Forest lose by a lot or win by¬†a LOT and have Forest lose by any number. We‚Äôre talking double-digit goal differential reversal. As usual, the Hatters fought hard through injuries. But it wouldn‚Äôt have mattered had Luton beaten Fulham as Nottingham Forest took a two-goal lead at Burnley and got their positive result.

Burnley ‚ÄĒ¬†Burnley joined Sheffield United in sealing their fate as one-and-done in the Premier League following¬†a 2-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur in Week 37. The loss was a microcosm of the Clarets season, as they fought well and even took a lead but could not keep a superior opponent out of their goal. Jacob Bruun Larsen scored again for Burnley as he would‚Äôve been one of the heroes of a great escape, but Pedro Porro and Micky van de Ven scored on either side of half to give Spurs the win.

Sheffield United ‚ÄĒ¬†The Blades were relegated following¬†a blown lead and blowout loss to Newcastle United at St. James‚Äô Park on April 27. The Blades had won just three Premier League matches since being promoted last season, and their 16 points with three matches left are 10 back of 17th-place Nottingham Forest. Two managers have struggled for the Blades in this campaign, as Paul Heckingbottom was scapegoated on December 5 in favor of former United boss Chris Wilder. Sheffield United had a 1W-2D-11L record under Heckingbottom, conceding 39 goals and scoring just 11. Wilder‚Äôs bunch have a 2W-5D-14L record, allowing 58 goals versus 23. The Blades were in the Premier League in the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons, then spending the 2006-07 campaign in the top flight. Wilder oversaw a pair of PL seasons from 2019-21.

The Top Five Richest Clubs In The English Premier League In 2024

The top five richest clubs in the English Premier League in 2024 are:

  1. Manchester City: Manchester City is the wealthiest club in the Premier League with a total revenue of approximately ‚ā¨820 million. Their financial success is driven by their on-field achievements, including winning their first UEFA Champions League title, which has boosted their commercial revenues, merchandise sales, and broadcasting rights.
  2. Manchester United: Manchester United follows closely with a total revenue of around ‚ā¨756.6 million. Despite a slight dip in on-pitch performance, they maintain a strong commercial presence and a vast global fanbase that contributes significantly to their income?.
  3. Liverpool: Liverpool ranks third with revenues of about ‚ā¨683.9 million. The club’s financial strength is bolstered by their historic brand, international fan support, and substantial revenues from broadcasting and commercial activities??.
  4. Chelsea: Chelsea is fourth with a revenue of ‚ā¨553.56 million. Their income is driven by commercial deals, matchday revenues, and merchandise sales. Recent performances in European competitions have also helped sustain their financial position??.
  5. Tottenham Hotspur: Tottenham rounds out the top five with revenues of ‚ā¨509.8 million. Despite not having the same level of on-field success as some of the other top clubs, Tottenham’s financial health is supported by their modern stadium, which generates significant matchday and event income, and their strong commercial strategies??.

These clubs’ financial successes are attributed to a combination of commercial revenues, global fan engagement, and performances in domestic and European competitions.

Arsenal 2 Everton 1

Arsenal missed out on a first Premier League title since 2004 despite beating Everton as Manchester City took the glory. To be crowned champions, the Gunners needed to beat the Toffees and hope City failed to win against West Ham. Arsenal suffered a setback when Idrissa Gueye’s deflected free-kick put Everton in front, although Takehiro Tomiyasu equalised three minutes later. While Arsenal did eventually hold up their end of the bargain with Kai Havertz’s late winner, ultimately City’s victory over West Ham took matters out of their hands.

Phil Foden’s early double for City at Etihad Stadium effectively ended the lingering hopes Arsenal had of a first title in 20 years. The Gunners were further frustrated as Everton took the lead in north London despite the home side’s dominance. After Thomas Partey fouled Dwight McNeil 25 yards out, Gueye’s free-kick took a huge deflection off the forehead of Declan Rice and flew into the net past the wrong-footed David Raya. Arsenal responded quickly, Tomiyasu equalising with a fine low finish from the edge of the area following a pull-back from Martin Odegaard. Havertz and Emile Smith Rowe both struck the woodwork in the second half, as belief visibly drained at the end of a long, losing battle for silverware.

Arsenal did find the winner, however, although it came in controversial circumstances. After Havertz tucked the ball in from close range, the video assistant referee recommended that the goal should be disallowed for a Gabriel Jesus handball in the build-up. But after reviewing the footage at the side of the pitch, referee Michael Oliver allowed the goal. There were even widespread suggestions that West Ham had pulled level, with fans caught on camera celebrating a phantom Hammers equaliser. Some supporters were even asking journalists at Emirates Stadium for confirmation of the real score in Manchester. Those celebrations turned to defiance when Rodri restored City’s two-goal advantage.

Celtic Of Glasgow Win Their 3rd Scottish League Title

Another title. Champions again. The familiar sight of Brendan Rodgers with arms aloft, hands waving, face smiling. Celtic have won their 12th Scottish Premiership title in 13 seasons. They only needed a draw from a trip to Kilmarnock to be crowned champions, but ended up winning 5-0. Celtic went into their penultimate game at the top of the table and three points clear of their rivals Rangers. That meant just a point from a draw with Kilmarnock would be enough to get their hands on the trophy. It might have just been one point, but it wasn’t guaranteed as Celtic lost their last two games at Kilmarnock.

But Celtic managed to score five goals – including two from man of the match Matt O’Riley. Celtic will lift the championship trophy in front of their home crowd after their final league match against St Mirren on Saturday 18 May. The following week, they have their chance to get their hands on more silverware as they take on Rangers in the Scottish Cup final. Any match between Celtic and Rangers is known as¬†the Old Firm derby – they are the two biggest names in Scottish football and are both based in Glasgow. No club other than Celtic and Rangers have won the Scottish league title since Aberdeen in 1985.

The End Of An Era As Marco Reus’s Final Game With Borussia Dortmund Looms Large

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus is all set to play his final game for the club and that too a Champions League final. Let us take a look at his long career in the German club. The German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder and winger for the club Borussia Dortmund joined BVB back in 2012 and has stayed in the club till date. He recently announced the Champions League final will be his last match for the German side. Let us take a look at the career of the legendary midfielder when he donned the Black and Yellow.

Reus joined Dortmund in 2012 after leaving Borussia Mönchengladbach. Reus cited he wanted to challenge for the league title and the Champions league thus he thought that his boyhood club Dortmund was the place to go. In his first season at Dortmund, Reus led the team to a Champions League final after defeating Real Madrid in the semi final. In the final, Marco Reus was able to get his team a penalty which was successfully converted into a goal by his teammate but they still ended up losing after Bayern Munich scored a late goal thanks to Arjen Robben.

Over the next couple of seasons, Marco Reus proved to be a key player for the German giants. He has led the team to three DFL Supercups and two DFB Pokal. Over the course of his career for Dortmund, Marco Reus has played 427 matches in which he has scored 169 goals and provided 130 assists. Before starting the 2018-2019 season, Marco Reus was made club captain by the new coach. He served as the captain of BVB until 2023 when he decided to step down. In April 2021, Reus became the leading goal scorer for Dortmund in the Champions League after scoring his 18th goal in the competition. On 4th November 2023, Reus played his 400th match for Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich.

He has been linked with a move to Inter Miami to join Lionel Messi and Co. Reus’ final home league game will be this coming Saturday May 18th against lowly SV Darmstadt 98. It will be an emotional day for him and the Dortmund fans. Reus‚Äôs final game in a BVB shirt is going to be on 2nd June 2024 against Real Madrid in the Champions League Final. If Reus and Dortmund win the UCL it would be a perfect fairytale ending as Reus would win his first UCL and that too in his last game for a club he has been a part of for 12 years.

Manchester United 0 Arsenal 1

Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League and ensured the title race will go to the final day with victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Gunners delivered an unconvincing display against a severely depleted United side but did enough to secure the win that puts them one point ahead of Manchester City having played a game more. Leandro Trossard struck after 20 minutes when lazy defending from struggling veteran Casemiro played Kai Havertz onside and his cross was turned in by the Belgian at the near post.

United showed plenty of endeavour but suffered from a glaring lack of quality and never seriously tested Arsenal keeper David Raya, as their own hopes of European football next season faded further. Arsenal must now hope north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur do them a favour by getting a result at home to Manchester City on Tuesday. The Gunners host Everton in their final game of the season next Sunday, while City are at home to West Ham. The elation of Arsenal’s fans at this vital win was not dampened by the storm that arrived in Manchester just before the final whistle as skies darkened and lightning flashed around the stadium. Arsenal know Manchester City’s fate still lies in the champions’ own hands and two wins against Spurs and West Ham will take a fourth successive title to Etihad Stadium.

Mikel Arteta’s side, however, have done all they can and two hazardous-looking fixtures – away to Spurs in the north London derby and here at United, where they have suffered before – have been safely negotiated. No matter that this was an Arsenal display lacking their usual fluency – at this stage of the season the only currency that counts is wins and the visitors did the job. Once again Trossard made the difference with a trademark swoop at the near post ahead of Casemiro and Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the decisive moment. Arsenal will now hope Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou is as good as his word and they can somehow raise themselves to upset City.

The Gunners still have a chance of their first title in 20 years going into the final game of the season – and they would have happily settled for that in August.

Sporting Lisbon Win The Portuguese League With 2 Games To Go

Sporting Lisbon clinched the Primeira Liga title on Sunday after Benfica lost 2-0 against lowly Famalicao, a result that left Ruben Amorim’s side with an unassailable eight-point lead in the standings with two games left. Thousands of elated Sporting fans gathered in the capital Lisbon until the early hours of Monday to celebrate their club being crowned Portuguese league champions for the twentieth time in their history.

Soon after Benfica’s defeat, cars started to beep their horns in celebration and thousands of fans headed to Lisbon’s main square, Marques do Pombal, where players arrived on an open-top bus at around 1.40 a.m. local time. One by one, players went up a big stage set up at the square as upbeat songs were blasted from the speakers and fans waved flags and scarves. Sporting reclaimed the title three years after their last win in¬†2021, when they ended a nearly two decade-drought. The celebrations in 2021 took place during the COVID-19 pandemic and were marred by clashes between the police and fans. The 2021 victory also completed a huge turnaround in fortunes for the club after the squad was attacked¬†by angry fans at the team’s training ground in May 2018.

It was Amorim’s second league title and Sporting can extend their celebrations with a domestic double if they win the Portuguese Cup final against Porto later this month. Swedish forward Viktor Gyokeres’ goals have powered Sporting’s title success and he netted his 27th of the campaign on Saturday to wrap up their victory. Sporting will face Porto in the Portuguese Cup final on May 26th, aiming to secure a double. The striker signed from¬†Coventry City¬†last summer for a club-record fee of ‚ā¨20 million plus add-ons.

Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 0

Arsenal cruised past Bournemouth to go four points clear at the top of the Premier League before Saturday’s later games. The Gunners dominated the opening 45 minutes and took the lead just before half-time from the penalty spot. Kai Havertz was brought down by Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers and Bukayo Saka coolly rolled the ball into the net from the resulting spot-kick. Arsenal doubled their lead in the 70th minute when Declan Rice won the ball on the edge of the box and teed up Leandro Trossard, who curled the ball home from inside the area, before Rice scored in added time to boost the Gunners’ goal difference.

Bournemouth threatened a lot more in the second period and Dominic Solanke forced David Raya into a save in the second half before Justin Kluivert flashed a shot wide. The Cherries thought they had pulled a goal back through Antoine Semenyo but his strike was ruled out for a foul on David Raya by Solanke in the build up. Arsenal centre-back Gabriel also had a goal ruled out late on for offside after he smashed a volley into the top corner. The victory means Arsenal are clear at the top but their four-point lead may only last a few hours as title rivals Manchester City play later this afternoon.

During the match, Arsenal and their fans paid tribute to 14-year-old supporter Daniel Anjorin,¬†who was killed in a sword attack on Tuesday. The Gunners started the game extremely quickly and had Bournemouth under pressure for the majority of the first half. Mikel Arteta’s side had 11 shots in the opening 20 minutes of the match – the joint-most by a Premier League side this season – but for a while it looked as though it might not be their day. William Saliba had a shot well saved by Travers after he exchanged passes with Saka, before the England winger himself had an effort saved by the Bournemouth keeper. Rice had a good chance to open the scoring in the first half but he shot just wide from a Havertz knock down.

Trossard, Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard and Takehiro Tomiyasu all had further opportunities before Saka finally made the breakthrough from the spot. The tension eased when Trossard finished well to double the lead, and Rice’s strike in added time added further gloss to the scoreline. The victory is Arsenal’s fourth win on the bounce as they keep the pressure on Manchester City and hope the champions drop points in the title race.?

Tottenham Hotspurs 2 Arsenal 3

Arsenal overcame the hurdle of a north London derby and an anxious finale to maintain momentum in the Premier League title pursuit with a vital victory at Tottenham. Mikel Arteta’s side moved four points clear at the top of the Premier League, with second-place Manchester City, who have two games in hand, playing in the later kick-off at Nottingham Forest (16:30 BST). The Gunners’ meeting with their bitter rivals was seen as arguably the most treacherous of their remaining fixtures, but they took ruthless advantage of Spurs’ defensive flaws to establish a three-goal lead by half-time.

Arsenal were then thrown off course when a dreadful clearance by goalkeeper David Raya presented Cristian Romero with a goal after 64 minutes, the nerves really jangling when Heung-min Son scored from the spot three minutes from the end of normal time after Declan Rice fouled Ben Davies. It was all so different when Arsenal went ahead after 15 minutes as the recalled Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg glanced Bukayo Saka’s corner into his own net, the England forward crowning a sweeping counter-attack with a smooth finish for the second after 27 minutes. Spurs, who saw Micky van de Ven’s goal ruled out for a marginal offside with the score 1-0, were infuriated as they claimed Leandro Trossard had fouled Dejan Kulusevski before Saka scored, and were even more frustrated when the unmarked Kai Havertz headed in Arsenal’s third from another corner seven minutes before the break.

Arsenal were then content to see out the victory, only for Raya to give Spurs hope by sending a clearance straight to Romero. An unlikely comeback seemed on when Son scored from the spot but Arteta’s side were able to close out the game, denting their arch-rivals’ hopes of a top-four finish. Spurs remain in fifth place in the Premier League, seven points behind Aston Villa with two games in hand.

The 5 Players In The Premier League Era To Play For Both Arsenal & Tottenham Hotspurs

1. Emmanuel Adebayor : ¬†is a Togolese former professional¬†footballer¬†who played as a¬†striker. During his career, he played for English clubs¬†Arsenal,¬†Manchester City,¬†Tottenham Hotspur¬†and¬†Crystal Palace, as well as French side¬†Metz, Mon√©gasque team¬†Monaco, Spanish team¬†Real Madrid, Turkish clubs¬†?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir¬†and¬†Kayserispor, Paraguay’s¬†Club Olimpia¬†and Togolese club¬†Semassi.

2. William Gallas : is a French former professional footballer who played as a defender. He played most of his footballing career in France and England before finishing his career in Australia with A-League club Perth Glory. Gallas began his career in France, before being signed by English club Chelsea in 2001. He transferred to Arsenal as part of an exchange deal in 2006. He then signed for rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2010.

3. David Bentley : is an English former professional footballer who played primarily as a winger, but also played as a central midfielder or as a second striker. Bentley started his career with Arsenal in the Premier League, and despite being earmarked as one for the future, saw his playing opportunities limited by a strong senior squad. He spent two seasons on loan with Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers, and sealed a permanent transfer to Rovers in January 2006. Bentley soon featured regularly for the England under-21 team. He made his senior international debut against Israel in September 2007. In July 2008, Bentley joined Tottenham Hotspur.

4. Rohan Ricketts : is an English professional footballer¬†who most recently played as an¬†attacking midfielder¬†for¬†Master’s Futbol¬†of¬†League1 Ontario. Ricketts started out with¬†Arsenal, with whom he won the¬†FA Youth Cup¬†in 2000 and 2001. He made one appearance for them, in the¬†League Cup, against¬†Manchester United. In 2002, he made the unusual step of joining Arsenal’s rivals¬†Tottenham Hotspur, and became just the fourth player to make the switch from Arsenal to¬†Tottenham Hotspur and only the twelfth to appear for both sides since their formation.

5. Sol Campbell : is an English professional football¬†manager¬†and former player who was most recently the manager of¬†National League¬†club¬†Southend United. A¬†centre-back, he spent 20 years playing in the¬†Premier League¬†and had an 11-year international career with the¬†England national team. Campbell began his career with¬†Tottenham Hotspur¬†in December 1992. He spent nine years at Spurs, scoring 10 goals in 255 appearances, and¬†captaining¬†the team to victory in the¬†1999 Football League Cup Final¬†against¬†Leicester City. In 2001, he joined Tottenham’s¬†North London rivals¬†Arsenal¬†on a free transfer, and as a result has remained a deeply unpopular figure amongst Spurs supporters. In his five years and 195 appearances at Arsenal, he won two Premier League winners medals and three¬†FA Cup¬†winners medals, encompassing the 2001‚Äď02 league and FA Cup¬†double, and being part of the team that became known as¬†The Invincibles¬†for their undefeated¬†2003‚Äď04 Premier League campaign. He scored Arsenal’s only goal in their 2‚Äď1 defeat to¬†Barcelona¬†in the¬†2006 UEFA Champions League Final. In August 2006, he joined¬†Portsmouth¬†on a free transfer. His three years with the club included captaining them to victory in the¬†2008 FA Cup Final. He had a brief stint at League Two side¬†Notts County¬†before making a brief return to Arsenal and ending his career with¬†Newcastle United.

Arsenal 5 Chelsea FC 0

Arsenal suffered last week with a home Premier League defeat by Aston Villa and a Champions League quarter-final exit to Bayern Munich but the manner of this win demonstrated the title momentum is now back with Mikel Arteta’s team.

Leandro Trossard settled any early nerves when he beat Chelsea keeper Djordje Petrovic at his near post and while the visitors occasionally threatened in the first half, Nicolas Jackson missing a clear headed chance, Arsenal simply ran riot after the break. The second goal Arsenal craved came as Ben White turned in after Chelsea failed to clear a corner before former Stamford Bridge forward Kai Havertz struck twice in eight minutes, the second a quite sumptuous finish from Martin Odegaard’s magnificent pass. As Chelsea subsided in embarrassing fashion, White looped his second over Petrovic. It pushed their goal difference up to +56 – 13 better than Liverpool’s and 12 ahead of Manchester City – on what was pretty much the perfect night for Arsenal.

Arsenal supporters may have viewed this meeting with capital rivals Chelsea with a degree of trepidation after they slipped badly and were outplayed by Aston Villa in their last league game at Emirates Stadium, when it looked like the tension of life at the top got to them. The Gunners needed a fast start, which Trossard’s goal gave them, and after that they slowly but surely rediscovered the fluency and threat that looked like it had deserted them. Arteta’s side found hapless Chelsea compliant opponents but the swagger they displayed as they piled on the goals in the second half will have done wonders for self-confidence before Sunday’s crunch north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur.

At the heart of it all was captain Odegaard, composed and oozing class throughout, his delivery for Havertz’s second goal an elite moment as it allowed the German to run on and fire high past Petrovic.Every game is seen through the prism of a test of Arsenal’s character after the manner of their late collapse last season, along with recent setbacks, but the win at Wolves and thrashing handed out to Chelsea here showed the resilience that has grown in this season. They could have actually made this a more convincing scoreline such was their superiority, and the fact that Havertz was on the scoresheet twice against his former club, after a first-half performance that can be politely described as lacklustre, only added to the sweetness of victory.

The game at Spurs on Sunday will have huge ramifications for both teams and the Premier League title race but Arsenal’s spirits will be soaring after this result and performance.

Arsenal 2 Wolverhampton Wolves 0

Arsenal put their Champions League disappointment firmly in the past to beat Wolves at Molineux and move back to the top of the Premier League. Having blown their chance to leapfrog Pep Guardiola’s side six days ago by losing at home to Aston Villa, then been knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich on Wednesday, it was a welcome triumph for Mikel Arteta’s men. Leandro Trossard’s strike in the last minute of the opening period may not have been the most eye-catching of the Belgian’s career but it was perfectly timed. It came at the end of a half where Arsenal seemed to have got stuck after a bright start and nearly fell behind to Gary O’Neil’s injury-ravaged side.

The visitors dominated the second half too but were unable to carve out the clear chances that would have allowed them to take the game out of reach. Captain Martin Odegaard added the second deep into stoppage time at the end of the game, turning in from a tight angle after his initial cross had been blocked. The result means Arsenal are now a point clear of City, with a better goal difference but having played a game more. They have the chance to apply some significant pressure to the defending champions when they entertain beaten FA Cup semi-finalists Chelsea on Tuesday. Trossard has been in and out as an Arsenal player since joining from Brighton in a £21m deal in January 2023.

The Belgian has still made more substitute appearances than starts in the Premier League for the Gunners – and when things are not going well, he is an obvious candidate to be replaced. Yet he scores key goals. Since the beginning of last month alone, he has provided a winner against Porto in the Champions League, an equaliser in the home leg of the quarter-final with Bayern Munich, and now his latest effort – which takes him to 14 for the season in all competitions. Only Bukayo Saka has scored more for the Gunners. It was a scruffy effort, leaning back and on the stretch to get to Gabriel Jesus’ prodded pass. But it floated right into the top corner, out of goalkeeper Jose Sa’s reach. It changed the complexion of an evening that was starting to get a bit nervy for the visitors, who before that had allowed Wolves back into a game they had initially dominated.

Possible Arsenal 2024-2025 Home Kit Leaked Online

Pictured above the leaked image of the Arsenal 2024-25 home kit’s jersey. It has the familiar predominant red colours along with the secondary white. The blue that is also a familiar colour in previous Arsenal kits, either in patches or stripes is also seen. On first look, it is a nice looking kit and the fans should not have a problem with it. However, that is not always the case.

The leaked kit had already caused controversy¬†as it does not feature the club’s usual crest. It instead features a simplified version of the logo, with is appearing as just a cannon. That may change however when in the summer we see them being available to purchase online or at stores.

Arsenal play Wolves tonight at 7:45 pm as they look to get their title charge back on track. A win today would keep them top of the table at least until Manchester City play on Thursday.

Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 0

Arsenal made a bitterly disappointing exit from the Champions League as they were beaten by Bayern Munich in a euphoric atmosphere at Allianz Arena. Joshua Kimmich’s powerful 63rd-minute header from Raphael Guerreiro’s cross was enough to send the Germans through to the semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate after the two teams had drawn 2-2 in London in the first leg. Despite being held at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal were confident of advancing against a Bayern Munich side who had endured a poor domestic season and were without key players Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman because of injury.

In a tight and cagey second leg, watched by Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, Gabriel Martinelli had the best chance of the first half for the Gunners but shot straight at Manuel Neuer after Jamal Musiala had forced David Raya into a full-stretch save at the other end. While Harry Kane had just nine touches in the opening 45 minutes, Neuer was forced into another save by Martin Odegaard’s deflected attempt, which had the long-serving Bayern Munich keeper scrambling across his line.

With so much at stake for both teams, it was perhaps understandable chances were in limited supply but the second half was a livelier affair with Leon Goretzka heading against the post before Guerreiro’s follow up was scrambled away by Raya, via the post. But Kimmich’s attacking header proved decisive and ensured Arsenal’s wait to win the Champions League for the first time goes on. Bayern will meet Real Madrid in the semi-finals after the record 14-time winners¬†knocked out Manchester City on penalties.