The leading Premier League goal scorer was quoted in The Sunday Mirror saying:
‘It is a massive honour that there are people in England who think I am doing a good job as captain and, for that reason, have made some comparisons with Tony.
‘I consider Tony Adams as the best captain Arsenal have ever had. He played for Arsenal his entire career and is an absolute legend here. I have met him a number of times, but most of what I know about him is through the real Arsenal people, such as our kit men Paul and Vic Akers and our physio Colin Lewin. They have told me so many stories about his leadership – and they know. They were there in the dressing room at the time.’
The Dutchman went on to talk about Adams’ quality as a player and leader for the club, and admitted that he would fully support the former Arsenal defender if he were ever to return as a coach:
‘Tony also had this amazing quality to win matches by his strong mentality. He would carry the team and be an inspiration to every player.
‘I try to do it my way. I do it differently, but everyday I try to make sure, as a captain, that we are a really united bunch of players. If Tony Adams could ever return here at Arsenal in some capacity, I would be the first person to support him. I think it’s crucial to have somebody like him, with all his experience, on our staff.
‘I am a big fan of his and I know that the boys would also appreciate his presence. The first thing players do is look at somebody’s track record. Also, with Tony as a player you can talk about football, about life and private things, as he has overcome some hurdles in that way. To me, he is the prime example of a born winner.’
In my opinion, bringing back Adams (Mr. Arsenal) back to the club can only benefit the team. As RVP said, The Englishman has great leadership qualities and is a man who possesses huge experience, which he could share with the current crop.
I, like many other Arsenal fans, hope to see him back at the club sooner rather than later.
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