Arsenal legend Tony Adams has been praised by Premier League icon Alan Shearer, who deemed him the best centre-half he’s ever played against.
The 54-year-old came through the ranks at Arsenal and spent his entire career at Highbury, clocking up over 500 appearances for the Gunners.
Adams won four top flight division titles, uniquely captaining a title-winning team in three different decades.
He also lifted three FA Cups, two League Cups, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and two FA Community Shields.
Shearer, Micah Richards and Gary Lineker discussed the best centre-halves to play in the Premier League in the latest Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.
And Adams was second on the list, with Shearer naming him in first place and Richards ranking him third.
“I would come off with cut eyes, a broken nose and cut lip after a game against him, but always shake hands,” said Shearer, as quoted by the BBC Sport website.
“Not as good as Ferdinand at spraying the ball around but what a competitor.
“He was the best centre-half I’ve played against I think, in that era in terms of how aggressive you could be as a centre-half.
“He played in that back four that was unbelievable and had a great goalkeeper behind him.
“He was an unbelievable leader, organiser, tackler, he could play as well, he was tough. The best centre-half I’ve ever played against.”
Adams, who has a statue outside the Emirates Stadium, also won 66 caps for England between 1987 and 2000 and played at four major tournaments.