Tony Adams claims that Arsenal had a deal for Jude Bellingham “done” at one stage, but “transitions” behind the scenes at Emirate Stadium saw a talented teenager slip their net
Tony Adams, formerArsenal
’s captain, reveals thatBellingham
was supposed to play at Emirates Stadium.
While he added to onto the senior stage atBirmingham
in 2019, the 17-year-old midfielder had seen his potential noted some time before that.
Arsenal were among those team which monitoring him since they are always searching for the best young talent available.
Arsenal eventually sought to negotiate with him to join the team.
No agreement was reached between them and this player now is playing atDortmund
“I think it got lost this one in the transition of the chief scout,” former Arsenal captain Adams told Sky Sports.
“He was spotted very early on, not by me but by the Arsenal recruitment office. The chief scout was absolutely bowled over by him and the great prospect that he is.
“New sports director Edu came in from Brazil and had no European experience and no UK experience and I think it got lost in the transition.
“Unfortunately the chief scout had the deal kind of done but we missed that one. He’s a great talent but unfortunately, he’s not joined the right club.”
Adams is among those to have been left bemused by that decision, with the ex-England international saying of the World Cup winner: “Ozil
for me is one of the best creative players in the world. What he struggles with at times is the defensive side.
“To win the league we need great players, like Dennis Bergkamp. Now and again I would ask Dennis to get back in behind the ball and just do a little bit for us. That’s all Ozil needs to do.
“But when you’re putting him on the sides and asking him to go with runners, he’s not got that in him. But withPartey
he’s got someone who can [do that].
“I always said Ozil’s the cherry on the cake without [Arsenal having] the cake but we’re getting some players in the team [now] with stability there.
“There are signs you could get the cherry on and let him pull the strings for [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang down the middle. I would love to see Ozil in behind feeding Aubameyang all day long.”