Arsene Wenger hits back at ‘sad’ Tony Adams: He is just bitter because of this

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Arsene Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal for 21 years

Former Gunners skipper Adams, who won 10 major trophies in 22 years at the club, said Wenger “couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag.”

But the Arsenal boss hit back suggesting Adams, who has just seen Granada relegated after he took charge late on in the season, is just bitter at not landing a coaching role at the club.

Their relationship is now at rock-bottom and Wenger said: “He can show what he can do now. Who gives importance to that? I know him for a long time. It’s sad.

“I am respectful to everybody. I don’t have anything to say about that. For me it’s a subject of no interest.

“Just because you made a career as a player it doesn’t give you any right to come back”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

“I would like to dedicate my time to something that is more interesting.

“Look, in a football club today, you have to employ people who can help you to be successful.

“And sometimes it is to make harsh decisions. Just because you have made a career as a player somewhere, it doesn’t give you any divine right to come back. That’s what it is.

“Because all the players, at some stage, they decide to leave, when their interest was to leave.

“It is not like some players have never left the club. When it was their interest to go somewhere else, they went somewhere else.

“I think if I leave tomorrow Arsenal Football Club I have no right to come back, because I have worked here. You have to be needed.

“We had him here to work for a while with the youth team. He decided to go to China and now he is in Granada.”

Wenger also admitted his own future will not be announced until after he attends a board meeting following the FA Cup Final against Chelsea at Wembley on May 27.

He said: “I think the board meeting is after the final. I will be there. There are lots of different things that have to be discussed and one of them will be the manager’s future.”

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Tony Adams said Arsene Wenger “couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag”

Arsenal must beat Everton and hope Liverpool slip up at home to already-relegated Middlesbrough to sneak into the Champions League via the back door.

But Wenger will not be keeping up to date with news from Anfield during Sunday’s clash with the Toffees.

He said: “We have to win our game. We do not need to look at any other game. It doesn’t matter the chances. We have to do our job.”

Arsenal minority shareholder Alisher Usmanov has made a bid of around £1billion to buy out American Stan Kroenke’s majority share in the club and take overall control at the Emirates. Kroenke has not responded to the Russian’s offer.

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