Ex-Men: Arsenal


safc.com profiles three players to play for both clubs.

Steve Bould

After joining Arsenal from Stoke City in 1988, Steve Bould went on to become a Gunners legend and build a medal collection worthy of the fine central defender he was.

In his eleven years at Highbury, Bould won three league titles, two FA Cup’s, the League Cup, two Community Shield’s and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

Steve totalled 372 appearances for Arsenal before his move to Wearside in 1999 putting him in the top 30 all-time appearance-makers for the Gunners.

Following the departure of skipper Kevin Ball in December 1999, manager Peter Reid made him club captain and he helped Sunderland finish seventh – just short of a UEFA Cup place.

Bould stayed at the Stadium of Light until arthritis contributed to his retirement in September 2000 having played 23 games for the Black Cats.

Stefan Schwarz

The well-travelled Swedish international midfielder only played for one season at Arsenal but did enough to make a lasting impression with everyone connected at the club.

Signed from Benfica in the summer of 1994, he was a pivotal figure in the Club's run to the 1995 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, scoring in the semi-final win over Sampdoria.

Schwarz added international experience to the Black Cats midfield when signing aged 30 for a then-club record fee of £4m following promotion in 1999.

The Swede allied crisp passing to decisive tackling and the occasional superb goal but injuries limited his appearances.

Niall Quinn

Uniquely player, manager and chairman and hugely influential figure since firstly impressing as a first-class target man with supreme heading ability and deft ball skills.

At its peak his lethal partnership with Kevin Phillips yielded 128 league goals in three seasons and later his off the field efforts were integral to the stabilizing of the club following relegation in 2006.

Quinn joined Arsenal from Irish junior football in November 1983, but he made his debut two years later, scoring against Liverpool at Highbury.

The highlight of his spell with the Gunners was a 1987 League Cup winner’s medal before he moved on to Manchester City in 1990. Quinn joined Sunderland in August 1996.