Retro Heroes: Tony Adams, a life of booze and glory
Tony Adams is one of three Arsenal players to be commemorated with a statue outside the Emirates stadium, he spent such a long time at the club and reaped huge successes that he became the only player to have captained a team to a Premier League title in three different decades. He was at the heart of a formidable Arsenal back-four under manager George Graham, then underwent a renaissance and awarded the faith Arsène Wenger put in him after the latter’s arrival to North London. He struggled with alcoholism for long periods, which resulted in many problems for himself and for the club. Nevertheless, his presence led the club to numerous titles. The club struggled to replace his talents for a long time, and arguably is still to replace his leadership on the pitch.
What’s Tony Adams doing now?
Adam’s managerial career haven’t been glamorous by any means, and his relationship with the club has been a bit weird. His appearances at official Arsenal events are infrequent. Moreover, he passed up the opportunity offered to him by Arsenal to coach their U-18 side and preferred to work in the Far East. One sure thing – ‘Mr. Arsenal’ will always be regarded as one of the greatest players in the Gunners’ history, and of the most famous one-club men.
High point: Scoring the final goal in a 4-0 win against Everton to clinch the 97-98 League title.
Low point: Getting sentenced to four months of jail-time for drink-driving.
Goals Scored: 32
Total Appearances: 504
Yellow Cards: 36
Red Cards: 4
Teams Played for: Arsenal