In my heart and mind, Ex Arsenal Captain Tony Adams will never be anything other than a hero.
He led us to:
First Division/Premier League: 1988–89, 1990–91, 1997–98, 2001–02
FA Cup Winners: 1992–93, 1997–98, 2001–02
Football League Cup Winners: 1986–87, 1992–93
FA Community Shield: 1991 (shared), 1998, 1999
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1993–94
Their aren’t many Arsenal players, past or present who can boast that…
Six of his medals were won under the current manager Arsene Wenger, the same man who rejuvenated his career in many ways. He stood by him through his darker times. In fact in September 1996, shortly after Wenger took over as manager, Adams finally had the strength to admit his addiction to alcohol, something he had struggled with on his own for many years.
Since hanging up his boots and taking a step into coaching/managing, his record is not anywhere near as good, in fact is so poor, it’s not even worth writing about.
Recently though, he has found reason to question his old boss and the way he and the board are running our/his club, especially the way in which we keep selling off our so-called better players.
It sends out all the wrong messages for me, being a selling club. Piece by piece for seven years, it chips away at your credibility. Selling your best players is part of that.
I very much see Arsenal as the biggest club in the world, so I can’t understand why anybody would want to play anywhere else – but I can understand it was very different for me.
I had people in the boardroom who were very ambitious and wanted to win like me – that’s easy then, your contract goes in front of you and you sign it because you are all pulling in the same direction.
Robin wants to win and he thinks that he can win things with Manchester United and he can’t with Arsenal. That is hard to take.
I am looking at it not as an ex-player or pundit, but as a fan and giving what the fans are thinking and feeling.
Some will disagree with me, they will see his comments as a dig at the board only and of course you could be right. Stan Kroenke and his merry men are the ones who allow the constant selling of players and at any time they could step in and change things. They could show more ambition, they could spend more money each transfer window but they don’t.
Whether Arsene Wenger is part of, or in agreeance with the way the majority shareholder goes about his business is probably something we will never know for sure until Wenger steps down, but either way, Big Tony doesn’t like it…
He also spoke about his own future in management:
I’ve done the lower leagues and it’s a different style of managing. No disrespect but I don’t want to be Swansea boss, either. They probably don’t want me. Aston Villa? What’s the point? What can you do with them? So it’s the Arsenal or nothing and I’m not ready for that.
But I’d love to manage Arsenal one day. Not at the moment because they have a very good manager who is off selling all their best players so I’d better not go there next week!
Ah, penny drops – Big Tony wants Arsene Wenger’s job, actually, maybe he wanted Steve Bould’s job?
Whatever, he isn’t happy but if he really wants a job back with the club he loved and still loves, taking a swipe at them in the press is not the way to get it….
Tony, you were and still are, better than that!
Rumours were going around yesterday that Szczesny could be out between 2-3 months because of his ankle injury. How much truth is in this I don’t know but hopefully it’s very little but Vito Mannone is starting to talk as if he expects to keep the gloves for a little while.
That’s it for another day, have a good one all…..