Arsenal legend admits he’s ‘distressed’ by Tottenham’s rise

Tony Adams discusses Tottenham's impressive improvements in recent seasons

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Arsenal legend Tony Adams admits that he’s been “distressed” by Tottenham’s impressive improvement in recent seasons.

For the second season running, Spurs were the eventual champions’ closest challengers for the Premier League title but came up short as they ended up second behind Chelsea this term.

Nevertheless, there is an air of optimism around White Hart Lane as the club get ready to move into their new ground in the coming years and prepare for Champions League football again this season.

Tottenham will have to play their home games at Wembley next season as the construction work at the new White Hart Lane stadium continues.

But watching on as an Arsenal legend, former Gunners captain Adams admits he has been somewhat impressed by what he has seen from Spurs in recent years.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Adams said: “The way they [Spurs] have gone about things is very Arsenal.

“That’s more distressing than anything. The Arsenal fans would say that, too.

“The boys look like they want to play for their club, they’re scoring goals and playing well. They’re highly motivated.

“It’ll be interesting to see how they do at Wembley, it’ll be a big transition and I think they might come off the pace a bit.

“They’ll find a lot of neutrals there. They don’t have enough fans. It was the same with Arsenal, though we had more fans then than they do know, we drew in a few drifters for our Wembley games (when Arsenal played Champions League home games there in 1998 and 1999).

“Their real fans will be rattling around there, quite a way from a pitch. Away from White Hart Lane it won’t be a fortress and I think they’ll struggle to get points there. Maybe we’ll get fourth!”

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Arsenal ended up behind Tottenham in the Premier League table for the first time in 22 years last season, as they ended up fifth and missed out on Champions League qualification.

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