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Arsenal Legend Slams Club’s Transfer Policy & Fears Wilshere Is Next To Go

Arsenal legend Tony Adams has slammed his former clubs transfer policy insisting they wont end their trophy drought until they stop selling their best players

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Van Persie – Sold to Man Utd in the summer

Arsenal legend Tony Adams has slammed his former clubs transfer policy insisting the Gunners wont end their trophy drought until they stop selling their best players.

Arsene Wenger has seen several players leave the Emirates in recent summers with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy, Alex Song, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie all being sold in recent years.

This loss of key men has coincided with Arsenal’s seven year trophy drought and former captain Adams doesn’t believe it’s a coincidence that the club have struggled to win silverware whilst selling their best players.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Adams said:

“This game is all about players, if you keep selling your best ones then you’re not going to win anything. Most of the teams that win things at the end of the season will have the best players, that sums it up.”

Adams, who won four league titles at Arsenal including two doubles under Arsene Wenger, claims he can’t understand how Robin van Persie was allowed to run his contract down to it’s final year and insists such a thing wouldn’t have happened in his time at the club.

The 46-year-old also believes the Gunners made a huge mistake selling the Dutchman to rivals Manchester United in the summer and feels they should have tied him down to a new contract sooner. He continued:

“I never got into the last year of my contract when I was at the club. David Dein, and the people who were running the club, always made sure I had two or three years to run [on my deal].

“They shouldn’t have sold Robin van Persie because you need to keep hold of your best players. They made a mistake there, they should have wrapped Robin’s contract up earlier.

“It’s not about finance, they are going to miss Robin’s goals. If you then drop out of the top four then the money [they would have spent on van Persie] would have paid for itself.

“I can see the fans are frustrated, however I do agree with Arsenal’s principles. No one player is bigger than the club.

Adams also fears that Jack Wilshere could be the next player out the door:

“They need a structure and a formation but they need to do a little bit of work towards it. If Jack Wilshere plays well are they going to lose him? Arsenal need to start winning things.”

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Mr. Arsenal is just voicing the same concerns many Gooners have. It seems that contract dealings have been a complete shambles ever since David Dein was forced to leave the club and fans have become tired at seeing key players leave each summer.

If Wilshere was the next to be sold, i think that may be the final straw for many Arsenal fans. There would be huge pressure on the board and manager if the ‘boy wonder’ is allowed to leave. Thankfully, he’s still tied down to a long-term deal and I don’t see him pushing for a move any time soon.

What do Arsenal fans think of Adams’ comments? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. Silenstan

    October 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Boring, self serving publicist with giant chip on his shoulder because AFC didn’t give him a job despite his many failures

    • chris

      October 30, 2012 at 6:05 am

      are you an arsenal fan, why don’t you think, or you are out of your minds. adams says the truth, or you want to tell me that you are happy with the performance of arsenal. come on, can you win anything this season, or i see, you are the people who say 4th place is a trophy.

      • mike

        October 30, 2012 at 7:47 am

        chris…… bang on the money mate, if next summer sees wilshere leave i will go down to the emirates and slap wenger and the board myself, tired of arsenal beeing a feeder club!!!! bring back david dein and bring in usmanov !!!

    • Allan

      October 30, 2012 at 7:19 am

      from which do see things? Adam is absolutely right and you can’t appreciate him for that, how win when they continue to sell key players. look at what they are doing to the rival clubs. the goals that used to come easily are no more.


      October 30, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Tony Adams has been spot on for the past three seasons. It is idiots like you who is to naive to see what Kroenke ,Gazidis,Hillwood and Wenger is doing to our club. Wake up!!!

  2. splodge

    October 30, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Adams would know better than Wenger wouldn’t he, I mean look at his record as a manager. He may be a legend, but he is a bitter one.


      October 30, 2012 at 8:39 am

      You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Adams is simply stating the truth and telling the truth has nothing to do with his coaching record. Oh since you comparing Wenger and Adams do you know how long it took Wenger to win any silverware when he started coaching???

  3. Steve of Chiang Mai

    October 30, 2012 at 12:29 am

    “Mr. Arsenal is just voicing the same concerns many Gooners have…” and in doing so he reveals as shallow an understanding of the realities of modern professional football as the fans he supposedly is finding a common chord with. It is unsurprising that Adams was a failure at top level management with his simplistic thinking. The reference to David Dein and “contracts” confirms the writer is naive as well. Dean never worked in the era of the Billionaires. He was a smart guy who saw the writing on the wall and scarpered… the “true club man” sold his shares for megabucks and subsequently his son was implicit in the loss of most of our top players -is this the Dein “legacy” some fans seek to raise from the dead there? Lazy journalism trotting out the same old agenda.


      October 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Dein or no Dein the reality is that that we have no ambition, and that means taking calculated risks. Tell me How much did Chelsea pocket from winning the Ueafa cup. Then check how much they spent on buying players then take the difference and ponder a while. Then ask yourself what is ambition if you cannot take a calculated risk!! Isn’t that business?

  4. deejay1952

    October 30, 2012 at 12:47 am

    absolutely useless as a manager wherever he’s been. whoever said wilshere would be sold? he is a richard head

  5. Ken

    October 30, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Adam’s s right yu don’t av 2 criticize him the truth hats, Wenger normally plays with our mind each cson he gets money wat does he do with it returns back 2 the board s he serious 4 real, Arsenal s not a big club anymore only d name remaining fact it only survive bcoz of it’s name bt on a real note no difference with wigan. If u can’t beat them then ……?

  6. AcGooner

    October 30, 2012 at 1:13 am

    How Arsenal can stop other clubs be richer? RVP was not sold, HE LEFT. So did Na$ri and others. The only way is to use Usmanov’s money and be another Chelsea. Kroenke is useless, but not sure if being a rich man’s toy is better.


      October 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Why did these players leave. They all said the same thing. Arsenal has no ambition!!

  7. Aussie Jack

    October 30, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Tony, you don`t think for one moment that Wenger wanted to sell Van Persie, Clichy, Nasri or Fabregas do you? They wanted to leave and we couldn`t retain them.Even if we had matched the salaries demanded they would still have left. They simply lost faith in the system.

  8. tommyt`llt

    October 30, 2012 at 4:06 am

    He’s right to be concerned about losing jack. I am equally concerned. Year after year we have lost our most influential players of the season. It’s a big worry that we can’t hold onto them. The board needs to come out and for once be more open about the actual financial situation and make a statement about the exact plan and strategy and what exactly we are playing for. The players need to then know along with the fans. Then the players can either agree with the direction or openly come out and voice their issue with it and the board/manager can either change things to suit the player’s ambitions or make it clear that we are letting them go and for what reason. We need honesty and a massive sign of intent from our board and we need to actually follow through with the proposed actions, not just sign a couple of potentials just before season ticket renewal time.
    The thing that players and fans want to see from Arsenal is a big, world class marquee signing. That is what we have been asking for together for a while now.
    Hopefully ffp will even out the financial playing field somewhat and we will be able to compete with transfer fees and contract requirements of potential signings. coyg.

    • mike

      October 30, 2012 at 7:57 am

      wow an gooner with sense, if we loose wilshere i will be at the front of the que with you outside the emirates demanding the truth… i say the fans need to get together and make a stand outside the stadium before to long!!! they need to no how we feel because that AGM was not good enough in my opinion

  9. jimi

    October 30, 2012 at 6:05 am

    The day after he will sign for Manchester City like Vieira and will try to persuade Arsenal players

  10. mike

    October 30, 2012 at 7:53 am

    the problem with arsenal is the board do not want to become reliant on banks… they want to be self sufficient, next season see’s the beginning of financial fair play and you can only spend what you earn, you will see transfer fees lower as clubs in debt will be desperate to sell and according to “THE BOARD” we will be in a better financial situation to compete, but what i dont get is arsenal could easily afford to go and spend £100 mill on the players we need in place know !!! arsenal fans need a change, a few big faces and some success will see the 7 years without a trophy monkey of the clubs backs!! all the board need to do is invest in some quality…… changes need to be made ??

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