Wenger fires back at Adams criticism

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has bluntly dismissed criticism from his former captain Tony Adams.

Adams, who won the double twice under Wenger, criticised the Frenchman in his autobiography “Sober”, claiming that his former boss “is essentially not a coach”.

“Perhaps Arsene thought I might be too challenging for him,” Adams said.

“He seemed to be like an assistant such as Pat Rice or Steve Bould, both great club men who were not going to ruffle feathers.

“Arsene is so dominant that he was probably not going to like it if I said, ‘We’re conceding bad goals. I’m going to take the back four today and organise them’.

“Because Arsene is essentially not a coach – and that is the second reason why I believe he didn’t want me. Back in the day I said in an interview coaching wasn’t Arsene’s strong point,” said the former England international.

“Actually in the original draft, I said he couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag. And thought I modified that in the final article, it didn’t go down well. It all left me feeling that would never get a chance in any capacity while Arsene was there,” Adams said.

But, Wenger dismissed Adams’ criticism without much thought as he was discussing his team’s final game of the season against Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

“I do not give too much importance to what Tony Adams says, honestly,” was all that Wenger was prepared to say on the matter.