The 33-year-old defender, who has signed a one-year deal at White Hart Lane after being released by the Gunners, is no stranger to transfers between clubs in the capital, having moved to the Emirates Stadium from Chelsea in 2006.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, however, was quick to play down the significance of the centre-back’s decision to join Spurs despite him looking set to face a hostile reception from Gunners fans when the two sides meet on 21 November.
“It’s all cobblers,” said Redknapp. “What’s he done? It’s not the Yorkshire Ripper I’m signing, is it? He’s a footballer, he plays football.”
EX-GUNNERS AT SPURS
Damien Comolli: Frenchman spent seven years as Arsenal scout before becoming Spurs’ director of football in 2005. He was sacked three years later.
Rohan Ricketts: The last player to move from Spurs to Arsenal in 2002 failed to make an impact and is now playing in Moldova.
George Graham: Led Arsenal to seven trophies but could only help Tottenham to a single League Cup success after taking over as Spurs manager in 1998. Struggled to win fans over and was sacked in 2001.