Appearing on Sky Sports‘ show ‘The Fantasy Football Club’, Arsenal legend Tony Adams was invited to name the best XI made of players he played with.
Winning titles with Arsenal in three difference decades and captaining England in 15 of his 66 caps, there are a huge number of players he had to choose from.
However, he went with the famous back four that he was a part of under George Graham and – for a short period – Arsène Wenger at Arsenal. That included David Seaman in goal, behind a defence of Lee Dixon, Steve Bould and Nigel Winterburn. Naturally, the final defender was Adams himself.
He admitted these defenders weren’t the best he ever played with, but together they made the meanest defence in England at the time.
“Let’s put me in as I just want to get over that with those four it is all about togetherness and the best back four I have ever played in as a unit,” Adams explained. “So the sum of the parts is definitely better than the parts as I know individually even Viv (Anderson), Kenny (Sansom) and Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell – you put them on their own.”
Right-midfield saw the only non-Arsenal player in the XI, as Adams selected former England captain David Beckham over ex-Tottenham players Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne. The other wing was occupied by Frenchman Robert Pirès.
In the middle of midfield were Arsenal duo Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit, who combined to win the double together playing ahead of Adams in 1998.
“I’m going to go with Patrick with Petit because they brought out the best in me. They were the perfect balance and the perfect blend, they gave me magnificent protection and could also get forward, play and create goals.”
Playing just behind Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer Thierry Henry was, obviously, Dennis Bergkamp. That’s quite the team.
Tony Adams best teammates XI: Seaman; Dixon, Bould, Adams, Winterburn; Beckham, Vieira, Petit, Pirès; Bergkamp; Henry.