Quotes on: Tony Adams

“I think Tony Adams was a United player in an Arsenal shirt to be honest with you. I thought he would have been absolutely perfect for United. I tried a little bit [to sign him] when he was 19 and in the reserves but there was no chance. Those two are great examples of how far you can go in the game when you’ve got an inner determination and desire to be successful.”
Sir Alex Ferguson

“[ . . . ] he was a captain, an inspirational leader, a reformed character and one of those players you want alongside you in a battle.”
– Alan Smith

“I first saw him aged 16 and I don’t think I have ever seen a player of that age bossing a game in that way. It stayed with me for a long time.Tony was such an influence that he as good as ran every dressing-room he played in, for England and Arsenal.”
– Harry Redknapp

“He was just brilliant. He was a great man-motivator, knew when to get on your back, but knew when to do it, when you needed a little shove. Just a great captain [ . . . ] and it was great having him in front of me (in that famous Arsenal back-five).”
– David Seaman

“Captain. A great defender and a great leader. He was so inspirational and was able to get the best out of those around him. Great in the air and not bad on the floor as well; with him around the defence would definitely be organised.”
– Ian Wright

“We had some great battles over the years, he came off with cuts on his head and I did too, but the good thing about it was we both shook hands at the end of the game. I respected him and realised what a tough and top defender he was.”
Alan Shearer

“If you are looking for leaders in your team, Tony Adams is your man – he was a leader among men and a great defender. Very difficult to outwit.”
– Les Ferdinand

“A professor of defence.”
– Arsene Wenger
(quote from www.arsenal.com)

“I think Tony’s technique was excellent and he was actually quicker than a lot of people realised, especially over longer distances. That made him excellent in one-on-one situations. Tony [ . . . ] always wanted to win and drag everybody over the line with him.”
– Martin Keown

“Tony reads the game perfectly, is a great organiser.”
– Teddy Sheringham

“I was always a great admirer of him. Every time you looked he was always in the right place – he put his body on the line all the time and demanded the same from the rest of his team-mates.”
– Phil Thompson

“Tony Adams was the captain of the best England team I’ve ever seen – Terry Venables’ Euro 96 side – as well as four Arsenal title-winning teams, bestriding the eras of George Graham and Arsene Wenger. Adams was the best purely defensive defender England have ever produced – an absolute rock for the Gunners and the only player to captain a title-winning team across three different decades. If a young Tony Adams were to come on the scene now, any club in the Premier League would be happy to pay tens of millions for him.”
– Jimmy Greaves

“A born leader. He learnt from his problems and has been an amazing role model since. You could argue that he’s the greatest Arsenal player of all time because of his leadership qualities and he could play more than people give him credit for – especially after Arsene arrived and he started to play the ball out.”
– Bob Wilson

“Colossus. Proper centre half. Men-of-men. In our England team we were all men, we were all big characters and big men but he was men-of-men. He was a leader and he inspired people around him. People say he wasn’t the best passer but he wasn’t that bad. His volley against Everton showed he could play. He wasn’t the quickest but his timing of tackling. He was a brilliant organiser, he’s top draw.”
– Paul Ince

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