Wenger raves about Tony Adams - just the leader Arsenal are missing?

The Gunners boss has been discussing the legendary centre-back.

Arsene Wenger has fond memories of Arsenal centre-back Tony Adams, according to the Daily Mail.

Indeed, the Frenchman has been recalling the defender's intelligence and ability to play against the odds in terms of his fitness.

And it's no wonder, considering the Arsenal legend's record in north London at the heart of the Gunners' defence...

Wenger is quoted as telling Arsenal TV by the Mail: "First of all he was a very intelligent player who could analyse very well what was going on during the game.

"He could use his qualities and intelligence to use them at a optimum level. He was a mixture of a laid-back player who was very fierce and strong pride. He could always find that when he was bad like he had a bad ankle you wondered if he could play at the day of a competition.

"You wondered sometimes during the week if they would be available but they always surprised you and they were always much better than you predicted they would be."

Right now, of course, Gabriel is impressing Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium, while Laurent Koscielny has been highly rated for a number of years. Per Mertesacker is seen by many as the weak link but has at least improved on a campaign last time out that, at times, was simply disastrous.

Yet do any of the Gunners' current back four really compare to a legend like Adams?

Is the steel and leadership he provided at the back for Arsenal exactly what is now missing at the Emirates?

Even when it comes to games like Olympiakos and the home defeat to West Ham, a character like Adams simply wouldn't have allowed for such slip-ups and got everyone into gear.

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