Arsenal’s Transfer Policy Slammed By Gunners Legend

By on September 20, 2012

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Arsenal legend Tony Adams has slammed his former side for becoming nothing more than a selling club after seeing a number of key players leave the Emirates in recent seasons.

Adams spent nearly 20 years at Arsenal between 1983 and 2002, making 672 appearances for the club during an illustrious career, which included lifting two doubles under the management of Arsene Wenger.

However, ‘Mr Arsenal’ has now claimed his beloved Gunners are sending out the wrong message after becoming a selling club, with the likes of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy, Alex Song and Robin van Persie all leaving the club in recent summers.

The 45-year-old believes Arsenal were more ambitious during his time there and players didn’t even think twice about committing their futures to the club – unlike nowadays when players are joining to rivals in order to win trophies – something Adams finds hard to take.

Quoted in the Independent, Adams said:

“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.”

Is Adams right? Are Arsenal now a selling club? Get involved in the comments section.

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15 Comments

  1. TricyDicky

    September 20, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Oh Tony, your not the shapest knife in the drawer are you, in your day there was not the clubs offering stupid money for stars to move, perhaps if in charge you would be quite happy to bankrupt the club just to prove you can keep players, as much as I think you are a legend stick to punditry, at least it will give us a laugh.

  2. Sime

    September 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Tony, you are called an Arsenal Legend because of Wenger, don’t forget! And, it’s so obvious you can’t manage a team, look back you’ll see what am talking about.

    • chris from Cambridge

      September 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Not so. Arsene Wenger never taught Tony Adams nor any of the great back 4 a single thing about defending !! And it is taking one of that old back 4 to do the teaching now… at last. I fear it is you who is not the sharpest, Sime.

    • Raz

      September 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      “Legend because of Wenger” LOL. You are clueless. AW didn’t have to do anything about the defense because he inherited a solid back four with a great keeper. No one is questioning whether Tony can manage a team but the constant profits made in the transfer market by our Board.

      • abouadnan

        September 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

        Stop this “inherited a solid back four”. Sorry could you please tell me which one of the back five(GK LehmannRB Lauren, CB Campbell, CB Touré, LB Cole) who went undefeated the whole season in 2003/2004, or which one of the back five who broke the record for minutes without conceding a goal in 2005/2006 in UEFA champions league, was inherited by Arsene Wenger? He did not nourish Adams but he managed very good defensive lines. Thus, could you please stop this lame excuse to slate Mr.Wenger. Best regards.

  3. The Outsider

    September 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

    LOL tony, is this the same guy who said both TV and KOs where rubbish defenders?

  4. TV5wins

    September 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Well said trickydicky. Nowsaday, players only think about winning trophies and increase wages. Where is the loyalty. Tony shd wake up to reality and ask is it the players or the club that caused the kind of situation in world football today. regarding winning trophy, I believe Portsmouth & Birmingham won more trophies than arsenal in the past 7 years but where are they now. A true fan loves the club not just about success on the pitch, but also what it stands for, its football philosophy etc. I m convince in the next 5 years, we will reap the rewards of sticking by the arsenal way and become the most admirable club in the world

  5. Andy R

    September 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Adams is bitter that Bould got the number 2 job- he needs to shut up
    and pi$$ off

    • Raz

      September 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      So the board don’t care about making profits then?

  6. Adolph(uganda)

    September 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I 4 1 do consent wiz mr Arsenal ( Tony Adams) , gona da time wen Arsenal wdnt sell their most finest players 2 title rivals ie man utd. Da entire Arsenal board is profit oriented, fanz in england u ought 2 wake up & revamp da situation at club.

  7. Timan(kenyan)

    September 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I can buy your arguement legend,but noting the mode of business policy in the at recent ,you will come to agree that non of those comprised in the board”arsene inclusive” are only after filling their deep pockets at the expense of players.can you analyse kroenk’s statement”it doesn’t wory us if arsenal wouldn’t qualify for cl” it too much of mockery,insult,impunity and classic type of money oriented shareholder.how i wish the ownership of the club changes to be fans owned cub as the main shareholders instead of individual thing.uk arsenal fans to wake and save us from this shameful episode season in saeson out.

  8. Rhoon

    September 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I agree wt tony cos the problem is the board prefers making profit on player sales every year to ading players who could help win trophies. Poor board.

  9. Muzaffar Khan

    September 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Exit RVP… And they wondered where the goals will come from..

    Enter Lucas podolski,(Wenger’s 1st signing) He almost equals Beckenbauer’s caps for Germany. Named best young player in 2006 world cup (ahead of Ronaldo Messi n Cesc). Fantastic left foot, very effective on the left hand side and can play through the centre.. Excellent work rate,ethic n dedication. As good a finisher as u will see.

    Enter Olivier Giroud, French leagues top scorer last season n helped Montpellier win the French league Title.
    Strong in the air, doesn’t hang on to the ball that long but makes clever runs with devastating effect. Will do extremely well in the Premier league. Watch this space.

    Enter Santi Carzola, Spain’s player of the year 2006 or 2007 I’m not sure.. Helped Malaga qualify for the Champs league for the 1st time. Extremely versatile,can play left,right n centre. Like podolski is fantastic with set pieces. Very creative n tricky n can pick out a pass that will leave defences dumbstruck, that’s how clever a player he is.

    Ask yourselves y did Wenger land these players, besides being good value for money. Each of these players have something to prove and r extremely gifted in their own rite.
    I must admit I was also praying for a deadline day signing n was nervous when we didn’t get one, but now I’m more confident than ever and see how these players compliment each other on the field. We only 5/6 games into the season n the squad is showing a lot of promise.

    We looking more like a team now and can abandon the get it to RVP Mentality. Our passing is more fluid n we look stronger n more organised at the back

    Wenger is still the man, and with steve bould at his side, Arsenal look destined for great things this season. And they wondered where the goals will come from, TAKE A BOW WENGER.

    • LoadsAMoney

      October 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Enter Norwich & make all your dreams turn to nightmares. Adams is right, players are looking at ex-colleagues who go and win titles/championships straight away, they want some of that. Plus added bonus of extra wages.

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