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Hall of Fame 2022 nominee: Tony Adams

24 Mar 2022
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Watch the legendary Arsenal defender's highlights as we profile the 25 players who were up for the vote

We are looking at the 25 nominees who have been shortlisted for the Premier League Hall of Fame in 2022.

The six players with the most combined votes from the fans and a Premier League Awards panel will enter the Hall of Fame. Fans had their say by voting up until 21:00 BST on Sunday 3 April.

Tony Adams

Tony Adams was Mr Arsenal, spending his entire career at the club and leading his team to Premier League titles in 1997/98 and 2001/02.

As captain, Adams was a formidable leader and defender, keeping 115 clean sheets across the opening decade of the competition.

Of his 12 Premier League goals, the most memorable came in the 4-0 win over Everton that confirmed the 1997/98 title.

His foray into attack and sublime finish seemed to encapsulate his adaptation to the modernisation of the game, on and off the pitch, that was led by manager Arsene Wenger after his arrival in 1996.

Career in numbers
Category Tony Adams
Appearances 255
Goals 12
Assists 9
Clean sheets 115
PL titles 2
Monthly awards 0
What they said

"When I first came to Arsenal, I realised the back four were all university graduates in the art of defending. As for Tony Adams, I consider him to be a doctor of defence. He is simply outstanding." – Arsene Wenger

"He was just brilliant. He was a great man-motivator, knew when to get on your back, but knew when to do it, when you needed a little shove. Just a great captain and it was great having him in front of me." – David Seaman

“I think Tony Adams was a United player in an Arsenal shirt to be honest with you. I thought he would have been absolutely perfect for United. I tried a little bit [to sign him] when he was 19 and in the reserves but there was no chance.” – Sir Alex Ferguson

Did you know?

Among defenders with at least 200 Premier League appearances, Adams kept a clean sheet in the highest percentage of those matches (45.1 per cent), with 115 shutouts in 255 matches between 1992 and 2002. 

All 12 of Adams’ Premier League goals were scored in London. Ten came at Highbury, one at the Boleyn Ground and one at Loftus Road. No player in Premier League history has ever scored more goals with them all exclusively in London.

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