Arsene Wenger has responded to former Arsenal captain Tony Adams’ claims that he “couldn’t coach his way out a paper bag”.
Adams revealed why he could never work alongside Wenger at The Emirates, claiming he is too big a character for the Frenchman and that counted against him.
Speaking in his autobiography Sober, serialised in the Sun, he said: “Perhaps Arsene thought I might be too challenging for him.
“He seemed to like an assistant such as Pat Rice or Steve Bould, both great club men who were not going to ruffle feathers.
“Actually in the original draft, I said he couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag. And though I modified that in the final article, it didn’t go down well.
“It all left me feeling that I would never get a chance in any capacity while Arsene was there.
“Much as I respected him for his long and successful tenure, my occasional willingness to pass comment on him and the team probably counted against me.”
Wenger’s response to Adams came at his press conference for Sunday’s final Premier League game of the season against Everton and it was typically blunt.
“I do not give much important to what Tony Adams says, honestly.”
Wenger, meanwhile, has stated that whether club finish in the top four or not won’t have an affect on the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
The duo are both out of contract next summer but the Frenchman refuses to doubt their commitment to the cause: “I don’t question their focus and their determination because in every game they turn up with strong performances.”
As for if they will be sold if Arsenal miss out on the Champions League, he added: “No. First of all they are under contract. And they behave like they want to be at the club.”