Alan Shearer labels former Arsenal defender Tony Adams his toughest ever opponent

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Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams was involved in many battles with Alan Shearer.

Former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer says Arsenal hero Tony Adams was the best centre-back he has ever played against, according to his regular column for betting website Coral.

Shearer was a natural goalscorer, netting a total of 283 league goals. Yet he was also a real warrior as a centre-forward, consistently finding himself in the wars with fellow central defenders.

Writing in his column for Coral, Shearer says former Arsenal centre-back Adams was the very best opponent he had faced and highlighted the now 49-year-old’s organisation and leadership abilities.

"Tony Adams was the best centre-half I ever played with and against. He was a great leader and organiser and we had some great battles over the years," Shearer explained.

"He used to kick me and I used to kick him but, at the end of the game, we always used to shake hands. That is what I liked about him, he was a good old fashioned centre-half, who also pulled his team together."

Adams enjoyed a highly successful playing career in north London, helping the Gunners win four top-flight titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

His success prompted Arsenal to erect a statue of him at the Emirates Stadium in 2011, alongside other renowned figures such as Thierry Henry and Herbert Chapman.

Adams was also capped 66 times by England, a figure testament to his ability at the back.

After hanging up his boots, Adams had short managerial stints at Wycombe and Portsmouth before seeking other ventures including a possible Aston Villa takeover last May, reported by the Mirror.

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