Crossing the north London divide: Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur

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Arsenal and Tottenham are not only the pride of north London, but they also constitute one of the fiercest rivalries in English football. The north London derby has always been a spectacle with a lot of history. Today though, I will take you through the profiles of five players who have represented both Arsenal and Tottenham with aplomb.


Arsenal: 2006-2010
Spurs: 2010-current

William Gallas joined Arsenal from Chelsea in 2006 as part of the deal that took Ashley Cole to Stamford Bridge. Having spent a little over a year with his new club, the Frenchman was given the captaincy in 2007. He was prolific in the 2008 edition of the Champions League as he scored six times and led the Gunners to the semi-finals. As the 2010 season arrived, the lack of silverware and contract issues saw Gallas leave Arsenal on a free transfer, only to join local rivals Tottenham Hotspur on a one-year deal.

Gallas settled quickly into life at White Hart Lane, with a number of injuries to both Ledley King and Michael Dawson presenting the 35-year-old with plenty of opportunities in the first-team. He was a consistent performer in the heart of Tottenham's defence, playing an important role in guiding Spurs to the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2011 - their first ever Champions League campaign. Gallas was rewarded for his fine form with a new two-year deal, which would keep him at the Lane until the end of the 2012/13 season.


Arsenal: 2006-2009
Spurs: 2011-current

Emmanuel Adebayor's success story has a lot to do with his three-year stint with the Gunners. The Togolese striker was snapped up by Arsenal in 2006 for a modest £3million pounds. Although he faced the daunting task of emulating Gunners legend Thierry Henry, the former Monaco striker did all he could to impress the Arsenal faithful, scoring 30 goals in his second season with the club.

Adebayor's first spell with Tottenham was a loan spell in the 2011/12 season. He scored on his home debut against Liverpool and instantly impressed the Tottenham faithful. An impressive tally of 18 goals in his season-long loan spell saw the Togolese international secure a permanent move to White Hart Lane.

Adebayor is a commanding presence in the box, and with his undoubted ability to find the back of the net, this makes the 28-year-old an invaluable asset for Spurs. As Tottenham strive to mix it with England's elite, the north London based club are a team on the rise, and Adebayor could help spearhead a new era at White Hart Lane under Andre Villas-Boas.


Arsenal: 2001-2006
Tottenham: 1992-2001

It's not often a player starts off his career as a striker, but finishes his career as a world-class centre-back. Step forward Sol Campbell.

The former England international was signed from West Ham and made his first appearance for Tottenham in the 1992 season against Chelsea. Campbell came on as a substitute and made an immediate impact as he scored on his debut. He became the backbone of Spurs' defence in no time and successfully captained them to a League Cup final win over Leicester City in 1998/99 season.

Campbell, 38, always showed passion, spirit and determination and was adored by the Spurs fans. That was until he made a controversial switch to arch rivals Arsenal, but he soon won over the doubters, going on to win both the FA Cup and the Premier League title.

Campbell wrote his name into Arsenal folklore, as he was part of the 'Invincibles' that went unbeaten for the season's entirety in 2003/04.


Arsenal: 1977-1985
Tottenham: 1964-77, 19885-1986

In June 1964, Pat Jennings joined Tottenham from Watford. He was one of the most successful players at the club having won the FA Cup in 1967, League Cup in 1971 and 1973 and the UEFA Cup in 1972.

At his peak, Jennings was arguably the best goalkeeper in the world and his involvement with the game still continues as he coaches young keepers at Spurs Lodge.

Jennings' achievements were acknowledged by the club as he was inducted into their 'Hall Of Fame', and is widely considered one of Spurs' favourite sons.

In 1977, Arsenal secured the signing of Jennings, and he went on to keep goal for the Gunners for eight years.

Arsenal went on to win the FA Cup in 1979, thanks largely to the form of Jennings in goal. One of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, the Irishman is probably the only player to still be loved by both sets of fans after his infamous switch across north London.


Arsenal: 1923-31
Tottenham: 1931-34

Jimmy Brain joined Arsenal in May 1923 from Welsh club Ton Pentre and had his name etched into the history books as he was the first Arsenal player to score 100 goals for the club.

Brain led the Gunners front-line to perfection and was consistently the club's top scorer. Having broken club records for fun, Brain is still regarded as one of Arsenal's greatest talisman of all time.

The former England international joined Tottenham as he entered his thirties for a sum of £2,500, and spent three full seasons at White Hart Lane.

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