Amidst all the transfer madness and tension at Arsenal regarding Wenger’s transfer methods, former Arsenal skipper Tony Adams has revealed that he would like to return to Arsenal in a managerial role in the future.
Speaking to ESPN FC in an exclusive interview, Tony Adams talked about the Gunners’ questionable start to their Premier League campaign, Arsene Wenger’s spending habits and his possible return to the club.
The interview started with Tony Adams speaking in Wenger’s defence and stated that it is too soon for fans to panic.
“We have a lot of players to come back in, and it was a good point last weekend away to the reigning champions,” Adams told ESPN FC. “As for the match against Liverpool, you always do get some funny results in the first game of the new season.”
Adams spent six of his 22 year career at Arsenal under Wenger’s management and won four Premier League titles over the course of 500 league appearances. The former Arsenal captain speaks highly of the Frenchman but at the same time hinted at a need for reinforcements.
“I admire Arsene for sticking to his financial principles, although I wish tactically he could get the balance right between defence and attack,” he added.
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The 49-year-old is now the Sporting Director at Chinese Super League club Chongqing Lifan FC, but hopes to return to Arsenal and be a part of the management for the first team.
“I said to [Arsenal head of academy] Andries Jonker that I would help out with the U18s for a month in between jobs, for free,” he said. “It was great going back, and it really didn’t feel like I had never been away. Hopefully, I pray that one day I will help out with the first team.”
Tony Adams acted as the under-18 coach during the summer, a position that was previously held by his former teammate Thierry Henry. Adams’ contribution to the first-team in a managerial role could act as a positive energy around the camp as he has the experience of winning titles under Wenger. He lacks experience but could combine his own ideas with a first-hand understanding of Wenger’s philosophy and tactical strategies in the hope of creating a title-winning team.