The rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur is one of the biggest rivalry in English football. Many great players have played for both the clubs, but there are also some players who played for both these clubs. Let us have a look at some of the players who played for both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Here is the list of 10 players who played for both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur–
10. Laurie Brown
Arsenal (Apps 109)
Tottenham 1964-66 (Apps 65)
Brown played 109 times for Arsenal between 1961 and 1964. In February 1964 he was the subject of a controversial ₤40,000 move to North London rivals Tottenham. Brown was known to play both striker and defensive-back roles throughout his professional career,while Arsenal had used him as a central defender, at Tottenham he was played in attack, replacing centre forward Bobby Smith.
9. Jimmy Brain
Arsenal 1924-32 (Apps 232)
Tottenham 1931-35 (Apps 47)
Brain was Arsenal’s joint fifth-highest goalscorer ever and the first to score 100 goals for the club. He scored 139 goals in 232 appearances including 39 in the 1925-26 season.
Brain was sold to Spurs in 1932. He played 47 times for Spurs scoring 10 goals.
8. Emmanuel Adebayor
Tottenham 2012-2015 (Apps-106)
Emmanuel Adebayor is not popular with fans of either Arsenal or Tottenham. However, there’s no disputing his talent. Brought to Arsenal from Monaco in early 2006, the troubled striker enjoyed a largely positive three-and-a-half years as a Gunner.
Unfortunately, his head was turned and he eventually moved to Manchester City in 2009. Adebayor’s relationship with the Arsenal supporters turned sour after the infamous pitch-long-sprint-and-knee-slide goal celebration that followed his goal against them for Manchester City in 2009.
Those antics no doubt softened the blow for Spurs fans upon the striker’s arrival at White Hart Lane a few years later.
7. Freddie Cox
Tottenham 1938-49 (Apps 105)
Arsenal 1949-53 (Apps 94)
With a Spurs career that spanned the Second World War, Cox boasted similar records for both clubs. Spent four seasons playing for Spurs before Arsenal signed him for a modest £12,000. Cox was a tricky right-winger who particularly excelled for the Gunners in the FA Cup, scoring the winner against Chelsea in the 1949 Semi Final replay.
6. George Hunt
Tottenham 1930-37 (Apps 198)
Arsenal 1937-38 (Apps 21)
Hunt was a ball-playing centre-forward whose exciting solo runs made him a popular player but also attracted rough treatment from opposing defenders.
He was a prolific striker who scored 138 goals in 198 Tottenham appearances and was top scorer at the club five seasons in a row.