Having lost their first Champions League group encounter with Inter Milan 3-0 in 2003, Arsenal needed a huge result in the reverse fixture if they were to stand a chance of progressing to the second round.
It was widely believed the Gunners would not be able to come away from the San Siro with three points after they were blown away by Inter at Highbury just weeks before, but instead they produced one of the greatest displays of Arsene Wenger’s reign to date.
Thierry Henry inspired the Gunners to a 5-1 rout to put them to within a single victory of getting out of the group, the Frenchman netting an impressive brace as Freddie Ljungburg, Edu and Robert Pires also got in on the act.
At the heart of the Gunners’ defence on that famous November night in Milan was Sol Campbell. The England international played a huge role in Arsenal’s victory that night, and it remains one of his greatest away day memories today.
Speaking at Europcar’s Arsenal Fans of the Season launch event at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Campbell exclusively told FootballFanCast.com: “We went there to win, they’d beaten us 3-0 and not many teams had beaten Italian side by that amount of goals.
“But we played unbelievable and it was a memorable night. Theirry was amazing as well.”
Campbell also revealed what he and his teammates did to pass the time while travelling to away games, and who he enjoyed sitting next to most.
“I used to sit next to the likes of Thierry, Patrick [Vieira] and sometimes Ashley [Cole] when travelling,” admitted Campbell.
“We used to play cards, never for any money, but for bragging rights. The lads used to take the mickey out of you if you lost, it was their way of getting back at you for something.”
Sol was speaking at the Europcar Fans Of The Season launch event. Go to https://www.europcar.co.uk/arsenal-fan-of-the-season for your chance to win five tickets to Arsenal vs Chelsea plus more great prizes.