The Potters midfielder suggests that Arsenal lack a voice on the field.
The Gunners' Premier League title bid suffered a blow on Sunday when Arsene Wenger's men lost 3-2 to a youthful and inexperienced Manchester United side, with 18-year-old Marcus Rashford running riot at Old Trafford and leaving with two goals.
An inquest has gone into how the North Londoners - who sit five points behind leaders Leicester City and three adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in second - slumped to such a defeat, with ex-Gunner Paul Merson offering a damning assessment of his former side's mentality.
Adam, who has faced them for Blackpool, Liverpool and Stoke, has now claimed that a lack of vocal motivation on the pitch from Arsenal players could perhaps be a reason behind their renowned frailties.
When asked by BBC Radio 5 live host Mark Chapman who he could hear on the pitch in an Arsenal shirt, Adam, after a five-second pause, responded: "Nobody. There's players on other teams where if you do something wrong you see them get dug out. I see [Alexis] Sanchez sometimes but he does it in the wrong way. He throws his arms in the air and things like that. He tries to get the best out of them.
"But there's nobody like Glenn Whelan. If I do something wrong, he'll dig me out. It doesn't mean he doesn't like me. It's just he knows you're better than what you are and sometimes you need that rollicking to spur you on.
"I don't see it [at Arsenal]. I don't see that type of player who gets to that stage where they want to have a go at somebody and try gee them up and get them going."
The claim is unlikely to shock most Arsenal supporters, with many of them long believing that the team has lacked a leader since Patrick Vieira left for Juventus in 2005.
They're back in action on Wednesday for the visit of Swansea City as they hunt a vital three points.