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Adams: Gunners 'miles away' from PL title

ESPN staff
June 23, 2013
Tony Adams won nine major trophies as captain of Arsenal © Getty Images

Arsenal legend Tony Adams has urged the club to begin the search for Arsene Wenger's successor, and believes the Gunners are "miles away" from winning the Premier League title.

Adams, 46, skippered the club to nine major trophies during his celebrated career and recently offered his services as a board member in a bid to help Arsenal end their well-publicised silverware drought, even offering to make the tea.

However, the former England centre-back did not receive a reply from the Emirates Stadium hierarchy, with the club's only recent board appointment that of 73-year-old Chips Keswick as chairman.

Adams feels major changes need to be made in order to bring the good times back to the Gunners.

"It's time that Arsenal won something again, even the FA Cup or League Cup, but I can't see it, to be honest," Adams told The Sun. "They are still not good enough in certain areas of the team and they are miles off the title.

"Also, they should be lining up the new manager. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis is in a tricky situation and could do with some help."

Gazidis' suggestion earlier this month that the Arsenal board could 'do with some fresh blood' inspired Adams to write to outgoing chairman Peter Hill-Wood to propose he had something to offer the club moving forward, yet he suggests Keswick's appointment was a missed opportunity to bring a new look to the Arsenal boardroom.

"Chips is a great guy but not a very imaginative choice by the owner and he is 73," Adams said. "If they just wanted a figurehead, they should have gone for me. It would have been a better visionary decision than Chips.

"Look, I would make the tea for Arsenal Football Club and I thought I ticked all the boxes. I don't need the money. I would put the good of the club first in every case and I could mediate well within the club."

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