A stalwart in Arsenal’s back line at a time when Arsenal were competitive, Tony Adams achieved legendary status in North London.
With a statue outside the Emirates to verify his position in Arsenal history, Adams haul of 4 league title, 2 as captain, and 3 FA Cup is impressive.
With Arsenal in their current state, Adams gave a no-holds-barred interview to The Telegraph to discuss the state of affairs at his old club.
During this interview he also revealed he turned down 2 approaches from Manchester United in the 90s as well as reserving praise for some of our recent defensive stars:
“In 1991, Bryan Robson came up to me at an England get-together and said, ‘£90,000-a-year to join United’. I said, ‘I’m a London lad, I’m happy’. I turned down a pay rise of 15 grand, which was an absolute fortune in those days. In 1996 Alex Ferguson came knocking again.
“In 1996, I had just sobered up. I had a meeting with David Dein and Ken Friar and said, ‘What are we doing [at Arsenal]?’ They said, ‘We’re going for it. Danny Fiszman has invested £50m.’ We bought David Platt, Dennis Bergkamp; then Arsène came in, then the French guys and I got the best contract of my career. It went from £300,000 up to £1m and I thought, ‘Oh my god, I’ll stay! We’re going to try to win the league.’
Despite the appointment of Steve Bould, Arsenal are still defensively suspect and Koscielny’s red card against Man City showed this. That’s Why Adams wishes his former club had quality in line with the Premier League’s other top teams:
“This game is about players and they [Arsenal] haven’t got the players. I would have loved Vincent Kompany. I think he is exceptional. He was the best defender in the league last year and before that Rio Ferdinand and [Nemanja] Vidic have been great. I am a big fan of Jonny Evans.”