Arsenal legend ‘would love’ shock return

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Arsenal legend Tony Adams has revealed that he would love to manage the club one day in the future.

The 45-year-old centre back spent 19 years at Highbury between 1983 and 2002, winning two Premier League titles (plus two old First Division titles), three FA Cups and two League Cups.

However, his career in management has been less successful thus far, with Adams’ spells at Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Gabala all ending in relatively quick fashion.

That hasn’t put the Gunners great – who has a statue erected outside the Emirates Stadium – off management though, and he’d love to take charge in north London.

“I would love to manage the Arsenal one day, yes,” he told BBC Football Focus.

“Who wouldn’t? Well, maybe Manchester United’s Roy Keane would not. But yes, I would love to, absolutely. I’m not ready yet though.”

Adams also gave his thoughts on the departure of striker Robin Van Persie, with the Dutchman switching Arsenal for Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

The former England international says he would have done everything to keep the Dutchman with the club.

“I thought Robin was a mistake. I think Robin could have played for another four or five years and I wouldn’t have made that decision, but there is only one person whose decision counts and that is Arsene Wenger,” he added.

“But I personally do believe that if you want to win major trophies – Champions League’s and Premier League’s – you do need good players, the best players.”

Arsenal continue life without Van Persie against West Ham United this afternoon (Saturday), and with Wenger at the helm, they will be looking to start steadily moving up the Premier League table.

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