Tony Adams is widely considered to be one of the greatest players to ever pull on the famous red and white strip, and as a result, a lot of fans will always hold a special place in their heart for him. Today, as Tony celebrates his 53rd birthday, we take a look back at an interview he shared with Arsenal.com where he discussed his most notable Arsenal moment.
“It was [for my debut on] November 5, 1983,” he told Arsenal Player. “I was a bag of nerves and in the first minutes someone threw me the ball and I fell over. They put the ball in the back of the net and we were 1-0 down.
“There are moments in my career looking back which are really critical in you becoming a player or not. I think you have choices along that road and what I did, I went around and started kicking people. The crowd liked that so I did it more and I did it more. They started cheering me and I thought, ‘Oh, I can do this, I can run around and make a few tackles, this is easy’.
“Unfortunately we didn’t win the game but something went into my head that day and my reaction proved that, as long as you do your best, as long as you go out there and give your heart for Arsenal, then that crowd are going to be 100 per cent behind you.
“I learned a valuable lesson there in my very first game. I didn’t know that I would still be there 20-odd years later, that was impossible to tell, but it was certainly a pivotal moment in my career.”
It’s safe to say that Adams has been through his fair share of troubles over the years, but when it comes to looking back over his body of work as a player, there are very few who come close to matching his efforts.
Of course, looking back to the past is great, but it’s something that Arsenal are accused of doing far too often. With it being the international break this serves as a great opportunity to honour those who have come before us in this game, but in equal measure, remaining focused on the task at hand is what will help the Gunners to move forward and make memories of their own with this new squad.
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