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'Arsene f***ed that up!' - Tony Adams in astonishing off-air attack on Wenger

The ex-Arsenal captain has questioned the Frenchman’s failure to land Mark Schwarzer in 2010 and accused him of always having a problem with keepers

ARSENE WENGER f***** up” Arsenal’s efforts to sign Mark Schwarzer in 2010 and has “always had a problem with goalkeepers”, according to Tony Adams.

The former Gunners captain has been outspoken in his views of the French coach over recent weeks, claiming that he has “never been a coach” and that his reign could “crumble” after signing a two-year contract extension.

Adams has now hit out at Wenger’s transfer policy, with the veteran manager renowned for his frugal approach to recruitment.

It was that mindset which cost Schwarzer a move to Emirates Stadium while on the books at Fulham, with the ex-Australia international admitting that he was “left hanging”.

Adams added during an off-air conversation during an interview with talkSPORT which was captured on Facebook Live: “Arsene f***** that up. “I think it was £5 million, if you go a little bit more you would have got it.”

Adams was then quizzed about Arsenal’s current crop of goalkeepers, but steered the debate in a different direction by suggesting that Wenger has always struggled in that department – with even an iconic figure that he inherited when taking the reins not entirely to his taste.

“I think he’s always had a problem with goalkeepers,” said the man who won two Premier League titles under Wenger.

“He didn’t like Dave Seaman. He wanted these explosive continental goalkeepers – Barthez, he always used to go on about Fabian Barthez.”

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