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CB – Sol Campbell

Sol Campbell
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: Sol Campbell of Arsenal in action during the Carling Cup Third round match between Sunderland and Arsenal at the Stadium of Light on October 25, 2005 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The day Arsenal signed Campbell on a free transfer from north London rivals Tottenham stunned just about everybody.

However, the Englishman brushed aside his critics to establish his spot as one of the world’s best centre-backs. There has never been another like him since he left in 2006.

Campbell was almost indestructible in the Gunners defence, with his strength and aerial prowess giving strikers a very hard time. He also played a key part in the 2003/04 Premier League title.