By Rob Kelly

Bacary Sagna has hailed the “amazing” Sol Campbell after the former Arsenal centre back announced his retirement from football.

The 37-year-old was a key member of the ‘Invincibles’ side that went unbeaten during the 2003/04 season and won five major trophies during his time with the Club.

Sagna only played alongside the former England international on his return to the Gunners in January 2010, but he says the experience was invaluable.

“He was amazing. When he came back here he was quite old, but he gave the right example and was totally involved in the team.,” Sagna told Arsenal Player.

“I think for a few games he was one of the best players. At his age, that means a lot because when you are quite old, sometimes you just give up. But he gave everything for the team.

“He tried to use his experience to help the younger players and I was very glad to have played with him. I just want to congratulate him on his long career.”

Sagna says Campbell was just as important in the dressing room as he was on the pitch during his second spell at the Club.

“He is a funny guy. With his big body, he is really strong, but he is a very sweet guy with a small voice!” he said. “He just wanted to bring peace to the team and had a very positive attitude.”

Watch the full interview with Bacary on Arsenal Player.

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