A Sol-ar eclipse – and it’s now 51


  • Other Sport
  • Sunday, 17 Aug 2003

AND Sol Campbell makes it 51. Arsenal set a record of sorts in the English Premiership this season, becoming the only team to have a player been sent off in both their opening matches – a remarkable achievement even in a team that have had more than their fair share of sackings. 

Arsenal, who had Francis Jeffers sent off against Manchester United in the Community Shield exactly a week ago, were rocked again as Campbell was sent off in the 26th minute against Everton last night. 

Campbell's dismissal was Arsenal's 51st under coach Arsene Wenger. It was also Campbell's second red card from referee Mark Halsey. Halsey had sent him off against Manchester United in the 2-2 draw at Highbury last April. 

Campbell also came dangerously close to a red card last week when when he kicked out at Eric Djemba Djemba after the United midfielder had hit him with a high tackle.  

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