Arsenal Dream Team: 6. Tony Adams

Arsenal Dream Team: 6. Tony Adams

Fourteen years as captain, 669 appearances and 10 major trophies, including League titles in three different decades. It's no surprise that 'Mr. Arsenal' himself has made it into our all-time XI.

Adams was the ultimate one-club man and a rock at the heart of Arsenal's defence. He thrived as the leader of the famous Back Four, developing an instinctive understanding with Steve Bould and Dream Team full-backs Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn.

"A professor of defence."

Arsène Wenger

On an individual level, it's hard to think of a more committed, more gutsy and more inspirational footballer in Arsenal's history.

Technically, Adams was a supreme defender - the timing of his tackles, his reading of the game and his aerial ability just some of the qualities he showcased in a regular basis.

Add to that his insatiable appetite for a battle, his mental and physical resilience, his desire and, of course, his leadership, and it's easy to see why Adams has been selected by the fans.

Whereas George Graham favoured a more direct style, Arsène Wenger encouraged Adams to be more expansive. He flourished, showing more poise in possession, initiating attacks from the back and even getting forward when he could.

His transformation under the Frenchman is a tribute to Adams’ quality and adaptability and underlines why he is the perfect candidate - and dare we say captain - for the Arsenal Dream Team.


Centre back

Appearances: 669

Goals: 48

Selected in 90 per cent of teams

"I never really saw him play because I was too young but from what people say he was amazing and everybody says amazing things about him. Hopefully one day - not so much be like him, because I like to be my own player and person - but of course I want to achieve the things that he achieved."

Cesc Fabregas

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