After 19 years of sterling service in our first team, Tony Adams has called time on his glittering career.

Our former captain officially announced his retirement at the weekend and will now turn his attention to a degree in sports science.

Tony will be sorely missed by all of us at Arsenal, but he has left behind a catalogue of wonderful memories.

After making his debut at the tender age of 17, Tony went on to make 669 appearances for the first team, winning 10 major trophies in the process.

He captained the Club from 1988 and was an inspirational leader as well as a world-class defender.

Like the true winner he is, Tony bowed out in the grand manner last season by helping us to a third league and cup Double.

At present, the Arsenal No.6 shirt which Tony so proudly wore is not being used, but contrary to some reports the shirt will not be retired.

Our new Brazilian signing Gilberto Silva was offered the No.6, but instead he opted to wear the No.19 for this season, vacated by departing Japanese midfielder Junichi Inamoto.

Meanwhile, our new French defender Pascal Cygan has taken the No.18 shirt of his departed compatriot, Gilles Grimandi.

Uruguayan goalkeeper Fabian Carini, on loan from Juventus, will wear No.24, worn last season by new Evertonian Richard Wright.

But, like Tony's No.6, Lee Dixon's No.2 shirt is also unused at present, after our long-serving right-back announced his retirement at the end of last season.

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