"Maybe he'll be my captain one day, who knows?" he mused aloud at one Portsmouth press briefing, after being invited to comment on Arsene Wenger's decision to make 21-year-old Cesc Fabregas the youngest Arsenal skipper since Adams himself.
Then, in another interview, he explained how the switch from Highbury to the Emirates would lessen the impact of his return on Sunday.
"The people are my people, but the stadium is not my stadium,' said Adams. Then he added: 'It might be mine one day, who knows?"