Tony Adams has given his seal of approval to Per Mertesacker.

The legendary centre-back, who made 669 appearances in 19 years as an Arsenal player, is an admirer of the German international who moved to Emirates Stadium at the end of the transfer window.

Adams believes Mertesacker is forging a strong understanding with Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny at the heart of defence. This pool of talent reminds the former captain of his halcyon days in north London when the Club was renowned for its defensive solidity.

“I've seen Per Mertesacker a few times now, he interests me and I think he is a good player,” Adams told “I think he is very intelligent and he knows how to play central defence.

“I'm really looking forward to seeing more of him because I don't think Thomas Vermaelen has actually played enough with him just yet. But they could be a fantastic central defensive partnership and would certainly excite me.

“It'd be like going back to the days of Adams, Bould, Keown maybe.”

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11 Jan 2012