Arsenal legend Tony Adams has slammed Arsenal for becoming nothing more than a selling club after seeing a number of key players leave the Emirates in recent times. 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. Adams believes Arsenal were more ambitious during his time and had this to say:
“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.”
Judging by what Tony Adams said, I’m inclined to agree him. It’s been hard watching Arsenal Nasri, Fabregas, Clichy, Song and Van Persie leave in just two seasons. When you look at it, you say that those players could form the backbone of any squad when put together. I’m even tempted to start with the ‘what if’s’ but that’s not the right way to think about the club. Those players left and I still think we better for it. Look at our squad now. There’s depth, potential, teamwork and connectivity all happening. The last time that happened, Adams was playing in the red and white. Let’s give this squad a chance. I think they can do great things.