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Adams: Arsenal boss Wenger rescued my career

Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams is grateful to manager Arsene Wenger for transforming his game in his latter years.

Adams saluted Wenger on a personal level - for his man-management skills when the defender was battling alcoholism.

He told Arsenal TV Online: "I was a very angry man in my early career but definitely under Arsene I was free as a bird, it was easy.

"If he had been more like George (Graham) - 'Tony do this, Tony do that' - maybe I would have not gone along with it.

"But Arsene never instructed me one second, he never told me how to tackle or head the ball. He told me to just go and play.

"I was very open at that period of time. I was sober for a month when Arsene came in and the pupil was ready, the teacher will appear and all that."

Adams added: "I think Arsene brought respect. He was an honest, open man and someone I could work with.

"I think that was more important to me than any dietary pill or caffeine tablet or creatine injection I could take. It was straightforward honesty and respect that the man has got.

"I think people like Lee Dixon, Martin Keown, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn would have had the careers they have had anyway, they were extreme professionals. I think it was probably me who was going off the planet.

"Sometimes these things are about timing and it was the right place at the right time. It's opportunity plus preparation equals success."

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