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Arsenal’s Invincibles: Where are they now?

Arsenal's Invincibles: Where are they now?
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Lauren

Lauren
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The Cameroonian transitioned from a midfielder to a full-back following his arrival from Mallorca in 2000. This proved to be a brilliant call, with Lauren becoming ‘Mr Reliable’ in his new role.

He won two Premier League titles, two Community Shields and three FA Cups before leaving north London in January 2007.

Lauren enjoyed further FA Cup success at Portsmouth before retiring in 2010 at Spanish club Cordoba. He still lives in the Andalusian region today at Seville and makes an occasional television appearance as a La Liga pundit.

Sol Campbell

Sol Campbell
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The Englishman became the most hated person in north London when he swapped Tottenham for arch-rivals Arsenal in 2001.

But Campbell never let the animosity over his move derail his ambitions. He became an integral part of the Arsenal defence, on route to winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

After leaving in 2006 for Portsmouth, he returned briefly in 2010 to Arsenal before retiring at Newcastle a year later.

The former England international currently coaches Southend United in League One after unsuccessfully trying to enter politics.

Kolo Toure

Kolo Toure
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The Ivorian quickly formed a solid partnership with Sol Campbell in central defence to help launch Arsenal’s unbeaten run.

Toure started in all but two of Arsenal’s league games in 2003/04 to win his first title. He made 326 appearances during a seven-year stay, which saw him also win two FA Cups.

A reported bust-up with William Gallas, however, led to Toure joining Manchester City in 2009. And despite Roberto Mancini stripping him of the captaincy, he still enjoyed more league success in Manchester.

But a failed drugs test in March 2011 ultimately led to his exit in 2013, with Toure joining Liverpool. He eventually retired six years later at Celtic to become part of Brendan Rodgers’ coaching staff.

Toure later followed Rodgers to Leicester City in February 2019.

Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole
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Widely considered the world’s greatest left-back in his prime, Cole had a career most players would envy.

The left-back made 687 club appearances for Derby, AS Roma, LA Galaxy, Arsenal and Chelsea. He also scored 20 goals and provided 69 assists.

Cole enjoyed great success during his time at Arsenal and Chelsea where he won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, three Community Shields, one EFL Cup, one Europa League and the Champions League.

Aside from that, he’s also one of only nine players to have represented the England national team over 100 times.

Cole retired from professional football in August 2019.

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