Crossing over from the red half to the white half of North London, or vice versa, is something that very seldom happens in modern football.
Only four players have done it in the Premier League era, here's a quick reminder.
🇫🇷 William Gallas
William Gallas joined Arsenal from rivals Chelsea as a part of an exchange deal between the London clubs that saw Ashley Cole move in the opposite direction right after the 2006 World Cup. The Frenchman impressed Arsene Wenger so much that he was named captain after the imminent departure of cult hero Thierry Henry in 2007.
Gallas was released in the summer of 2010 by the Gunners and decided to join Spurs on a free transfer, but he struggled to recapture the fine form that made him one of the finest defenders in England.
🏴 Sol Campbell
Sol Campbell came through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur and became club captain aged 23. He became a defensive cornerstone for Spurs but quickly gree frustrated at the club's apparent lack of ambition. In 2001, with his contract running down, Campbell moved to Arsenal on a free Bosman transfer, much to the anger of Tottenham faithful. He was called "Judas" and a traitor by Spurs fans, but Campbell's decision was vindicated as he went on to enjoy huge success with the Gunners.
Campbell won two Premier League titles and scored in the Champions League final in 2006. Arsenal fans will forever remember Sol as a key man in their Invincibles side in 2004.
🏴 David Bentley
David Bentley came through the Arsenal academy and went on to make nine appearances for the first team, including one during the Gunners' infamous unbeaten season in 2003/04, before leaving to join Blackburn Rovers where he thrived in the best period of his career. A switch to his boyhood club's rivals Tottenham materialized in 2008, but he was never capable of producing a string of consistent performances. He did score in spectacular fashion at his old club in 2009, though, in a 4-4 thriller.
🇹🇬 Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor made it a habit of scoring against Tottenham in the colours of Arsenal, but after his relationship with the club broke down, he moved to Manchester City. During his stint at Eastlands, he would further anger Arsenal fans with an infamously overboard goal celebration against them. Adebayor would move to Spurs on loan from City and the move would be made permanent not long after. Unsurprisingly, Ade courted more controversy at Spurs, scoring twice against old club Arsenal in their colours, and being sent off in 2012.
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