Tony Adams blasts ‘lightweight’ Arsenal players after Brighton defeat


Tony Adams claims Arsenal’s players are ‘ready’ to be beaten (Premier League Productions)

Tony Adams has slammed the mentality of Arsenal’s players following their defeat to Brighton and believes Freddie Ljungberg’s men look ‘ready’ to suffer poor results as soon as a game begins.

The Gunners slumped to a 2-1 loss at home to Brighton on Thursday evening while the players were booed off the pitch by their own fans at the Emirates Stadium after the final whistle.

In a woeful opening 45 minutes for Arsenal, Brighton took the lead through Adam Webster. The Gunners equalised through Alexandre Lacazette during a positive spell in the second half but Brighton scored the winner with 10 minutes remaining via Neal Maupay.

And Adams, who spent 14 years as Arsenal’s captain, believes a lack of leaders inside the current dressing room is to blame for the club’s poor run of form.

‘I think they are looking after themselves a little bit too much,’ Adams told Premier League Productions.

Arsenal’s dressing room is lightweight, according to Tony Adams (Getty Images)

‘They need brave people on and off the pitch.

‘You need a bit of honesty here, and a coach to go ‘hold on a minute, come on guys’. You need to be called out. And I don’t think a lot of that has been going on.

‘The coaches put on lovely sessions for the team and everything goes round and round until you go ‘actually guys, you’re the ones on the pitch, you’ve got to make the decisions and stand up and be counted’.

‘There are not too many of those guys out there. They are all kind of looking after themselves.

Freddie Ljungberg is still searching for his first win at Arsenal (EPA)

‘And the minute it goes wrong, they’ve gone. They’ve gone under. It’s too lightweight, there’s not enough characters in there.

‘I think they are feeling a little bit sorry for themselves. I think they need a bit of a shake.

‘If I were the coach in there I’d definitely be giving them a shake and saying ‘look, be more scared of me than actually getting out there and getting on with it’. That’s what they need at the moment.



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Arsenal are winless in nine games in all competitions – their worst streak since a run of 10 matches in March 1977.

‘They are sitting there waiting for things to happen instead of going and making it happen.

‘They are ready for it to go wrong.

‘When you go into a football pitch expecting back things to happen they usually do.

Neal Maupay scored Brighton’s winning goal against Arsenal (PA Wire)

‘You’ve got to walk on to that football pitch so positive, ‘we’re the best team in the country, we’re going to prove to everybody we’re fantastic players. Like I said, at the moment they are a little bit sorry for themselves.

‘It’s difficult I remember back in the day if we weren’t leading at half-time they’d boo us off the pitch. They’ve got high expectations at the club.

‘It’s irrelevant if those expectations are unrealistic.

Arsenal’s players were booed off at full time (AP Photo)

‘For me, you’re a player, you play for the Arsenal, you represent the club, you perform to your 100 per cent. There are not a lot of players doing that.

‘They are all looking after themselves, blaming other people, you can’t be like that.

‘You can’t wait for the crowd to help you, it’s the other way around.

‘We always went out there to do our stuff, then you win the crowd over.’





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