Arsene Wenger has spoken of the player he believes was Arsenal’s perfect captain, and few would be surprised to hear that he went with Tony Adams.
It’s Adams’ 49th birthday today, and in celebration he has had a statue of himself erected outside the Emirates.
A number of current and former Arsenal associated figures have given their thoughts on the former Gunners centre-back, with Arsene Wenger revealing just what made him the perfect captain.
“First of all he was a very intelligent player who could analyse very well what was going on during the game,” he told Arsenal Player.
“He could use his qualities and intelligence to use them at a optimum level.
“He was a mixture of a laid-back player who was very fierce and strong pride. He could always find that when he was bad like he had a bad ankle you wondered if he could play at the day of a competition.
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“This is the guy that always found the resources to be at his best. This was the brand of the back four when I arrived, they were all the same and like that. You wondered sometimes during the week if they would be available but they always surprised you and they were always much better than you predicted they would be.”
Back when Adams was leading our back line, we had one of the meanest defences in the league. Wenger inherited a superb back line, adding to it with some top quality players. But Adams was a massive part of the Frenchman’s early success, and it’s no wonder he has received such praise.
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The tough tackling defender was the ideal player for Wenger’s Arsenal, as he was the perfect mix of English grit and style. He more than deserves his statue outside the stadium, and will go down in history as one of Arsenal’s greatest legends. Happy Birthday Mr. Arsenal.