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Transfer Balls: Arsenal’s next manager says Spurs Bale isn’t up to much

by | 30th, August 2013

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IT’S been a busy summer for former Arsenal captain Tony Adams. He’s been talking about Arsenal:

August 20:


”One hundred per cent I’d like to be Arsenal manager,” Adams told “Of course my heart says ‘yes, yes, yes’, but my head says ‘can I win with this current team?’ My answer is no, I can’t and I am not sure anyone can. I would want assurances if I walk through the door, those assurances meaning I’m given the go ahead to build a new team. I would get my teeth into building a new team but to achieve that, you would need to spend.

August 29:

Daily Mirror:

But after a penalty shoot-out with fellow north London legends Ian Wright, Ledley King and Les Ferdinand in Trafalgar Square to launch Vodafone’s 4G network, the former England captain took Le Professeur to task…

Adams said: “It’s not Arsene’s style to pay top dollar and gamble huge sums of money on a single player, but my main criticism of him is that I would do things differently…They need someone to lock it up when it breaks down, and I would be scouring Europe for the next Gilberto. I must have been the only person in the country doing somersaults watching Manchester United and Chelsea keeping clean sheets the other night – two fantastic, organised, solid sides giving nothing away. That wasn’t a boring game for me, because I was wishing Arsenal could do that more often.”

The Mirror says Adams is working not only as the boot of a mobile phone company but as a “consultant to Azerbaijan club FC Gabala”.

Tony Adams was the club’s manager. He opined:

“Wherever you take yourself in this world, you’ve got to take yourself with you.”

Digital Spy:

Arsenal icon Tony Adams has said that the club must stop selling its top players if it is to challenge for trophies, but added that it is impossible to “buy success”.

So says Tony who earlier advised “you would need to spend”. But having told us that you cannot buy success, Adams goes on to say:

“It’s always a risk, however much you pay. You can’t just buy success. I love the policy that Arsenal’s got. We try to give younger players opportunities. It’s a simple philosophy for me. You’ve got a squad of players and if you’ve got players in your youth team or reserves that can come into your first team squad, then great.If you haven’t then you try to recruit from outside. It’s really simple – however much they cost, whether it be £3 million or £30 million, it’s kind of irrelevant.”

August 30:

The Sun: “TONY ADAMS has revealed how he told Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger NOT to sign Gareth Bale because he wasn’t up to much as a defender.”

So. There you have it Arsenal fans. It could be worse. Tony Adams could be the club’s manager…


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