Arsenal FC celebrates legendary captain Tony Adams on his 49th birthday

Arsenal FC of London has honored it’s former captain Tony Adams with a statue outside  the Emirates Stadium to celebrate his 49th birthday.


The former captain who lifted 10 major trophies with the Gunners became Captain of the Gunner in 1988 aged 21. He is also the only player in English football to captain a title-winning side in three different decades

In the words of coach Arsène Wenger, as reported in Arsenal’s official website, Tony Adams’ intelligence and “strong pride” made him the perfect Arsenal captain.

“First of all he was a very intelligent player who could analyse very well what was going on during the game,” Wenger said.. “He could use his qualities and intelligence to use them at a optimum level.

“He was a mixture of a laid-back player who was very fierce and strong pride. He could always find that when he was bad like he had a bad ankle you wondered if he could play at the day of a competition.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31:  Arsenal legend Tony Adams poses beside the recently installed statue of himself at Emirates Stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers on December 31, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

“This is the guy that always found the resources to be at his best. This was the brand of the back four when I arrived, they were all the same and like that. You wondered sometimes during the week if they would be available but they always surprised you and they were always much better than you predicted they would be.”