Adams slams Arsenal’s transfer policy.
Arsenal legend Tony Adams has slammed the club’s current transfer policy, claiming they are no more than a ‘selling club’.
The Gunners have lost a number of star players in the past few years and this summer saw two more first team regulars depart, with club captain Robin van Persie joining old enemy Man United and Alex Song moving to Barcelona.
The north Londoners have also been the butt of jokes labelling them a “feeder club” for mega-rich Premier League Champions Man City, after Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri all swapped the Emirates for the Etihad, while Cesc Fabregas returned to Barca.
Adams, who spent his entire 22-year career at Arsenal and captained the club for 14 of them, admits he doesn’t approve of his old employer’s transfer policy.
“It sends out all the wrong messages for me, being a selling club,” the 45-year-old told the London Evening Standard.
“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 am looking at it not as an ex-player or pundit, but as a fan and giving what the fans are thinking and feeling.”
Despite the sales, the Gunners have made a strong start to the new season, with new signings Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski looking particularly impressed.
But Adams, an uncompromising centre-half, will struggle to return to past glories until they address their deficiencies at the back.
“The problem for me in the last seven years is the defensive vulnerabilities as a team – the goalkeeper, the back four, even the central midfield players, the mentality of the team,” he added.
“I don’t think they are a team that are set up to do what Chelsea did last year in the Champions League and I don’t think Arsene wants to.
“Year in, year out the team with the best defence wins the league and we saw the team with the best defence win the Champions League, so it makes you wonder why a lot of teams aren’t focusing more on defending.”
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