Ex-Arsenal player and club legend Tony Adams has admitted that he feels sorry for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger but still described the treatment handed out to him by the manager as disgraceful, as he claimed that the French Manager blocked his return to Arsenal as a coach.
He made the claim during an interview session with The Guardian in which he also threw some criticisms at Wenger’s salary whilst opining that the French man had no friends.
“I’d been at the club 23 years and they treated me like that? It was a disgrace,” Adams said. “I wanted to say: ‘Arsene, I understand I’ve got no right to go back to Arsenal just because I played here. Tell me if I’m not good enough’.
“But he would’ve been sacked after a year at Madrid. He would’ve had to go from club to club. But, at Arsenal, he’s got total dominance. The board do nothing. Arsene has a free rein.”
“He’s also got a weird relationship with money. He’s on £8m a year but Arsenal’s junior coaches are on £30,000. Chelsea’s coaches are on £90,000.”
“Take £7m, Arsene, and give them all a rise. It’s not like he’s using the money to throw lavish parties for his friends because he hasn’t got none. He’s only got a few guys in France. I feel a bit sorry for him.”
A few weeks ago, Tony Adams swipe at his former manager was revealed in his serialized autobiography where he claimed that Wenger is not really a coach and takes a liking to an assistant who will not ruffle feathers.
Wenger came out publicly to tag the criticisms being laid on him by his former skipper as sad whilst insisting that he was attaching importance to other things than on what Adam’s unhappiness was about.
“I’m disappointed in Arsene’s reaction,” he said. “I had a book signing at the Arsenal, and he’s cancelled it. The club said: ‘Can we rearrange for June?’ Adam said.
“I’m 50 – so almost half my life was at Arsenal. I’ve got a b***** statue outside [the Emirates Stadium]. What have they done to me?”
Wenger has been under major criticism in the last few months over his side’s struggles in the 2016/2017 Premier League season where they failed to make it into the UEFA Champions League places for next season.
However, they responded with an impressive win over Chelsea at Wembley to secure the FA Cup, a feat which has not caught the admiration of Tony Adams as he made known his wish for Wenger to leave Arsenal, as any possibilities of him assuming any coaching role in the club with the Frenchman at the helm was almost impossible.
However, Wenger who is out of contract is yet to confirm his stay or departure from the club.
“Arsenal are not in the Champions League next season,” he said.
“I don’t think they’re going to be anywhere near the title. They’ve just had a fantastic FA Cup win after an amazing 20 years. I hope he calls it a day.”
“But I don’t really care – because he stopped me from getting back into the club. That has been real. He’s a great coach, don’t get me wrong, but he’s not the best I’ve worked with.”