FA Cup: Arsenal should keep hold of Arsene Wenger, says Tony Adams
Arsenal should do all they can to get manager Arsene Wenger to sign a new contract, says Tony Adams.
Last Updated: 15/05/14 2:50pm
The 64-year-old French boss is preparing for Saturday's FA Cup final with Hull City but there remains doubt over his future because he has still not put pen to paper on a new deal despite informing the board months ago that he would stay.
Adams, who played for Arsenal between 1983-2002, remains critical of Wenger's attacking defenders but told Sky Sports News that his old boss was still the man to take the team forward.
With Arsenal aiming to win their first trophy in nine years at Wembley at the weekend, Adams said: "It's about time we won something! But Arsene's been unbelievable for the club. They've had a good run in the Champions League and they've done well financially.
"But they're now going into an FA Cup final - there's no place for losers and they need to win this one! He better stay though! I don't know anyone else who could do it. He's done magnificently.
"The production of Arsenal players is second to none. They've been sacking managers left right and centre and it's great credit to Arsenal Football Club they've kept a man in place.
"He's worth his weight in gold. If I was the owner I'd very much keep him in position. If something's not broke then don't fix it."
Wenger has been heavily criticised by some Gunners fans this season as the wait for silverware continues, but Adams thinks the board's patience could be rewarded.
The former England centre-half added: "Back in 1987 when we first won the League Cup it made us know how to win things. We had a young bunch of kids who came through together.
"I made my debut in 1983 and we hadn't won anything and it was a pivotal moment to put a trophy on the sideboard. We went on to win the league in 1989. I told Carl Jenkinson maybe this could be this one. If Arsenal can win this then maybe they can push on."
It was not a totally glowing backing for Wenger though, with Adams questioning the policy of encouraging his defenders to surge forward.
The 47-year-old Londoner said: "If I have one criticism of Arsene over 17 years, it's the defence. They play too offensively at times with his full-backs too far forward.
"You have to strike a balance. Their full-backs have always been a problem - tactically and personnel. They play like wingers. In my day I'd never have done that!
"They are always prone to the counter-attack - particularly against the stronger teams. Arsenal will always score goals but they are too open and they have to work on solidarity."
In conjunction with The European Azerbaijan Society and to mark World Refugee Week, Tony Adams is promoting a gala charity boxing night at York Hall, East London, on Friday 27th June between Repton and Gabala of Azerbaijan. Tickets are available at www.Repton-Gabala.eventbrite.co.uk and proceeds will go to the Mo Farah Foundation.