Tony Adams believes that Robin van Persie needs a hand sharing the responsibilities that come with being Arsenal captain after a summer which has seen experienced duo Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leave North London.
Speaking to Dutch publication De Telegraaf, Adams, who led the Gunners for 14 years between 1988-2002, highlighted his point by recalling one occasion where David Seaman stepped in to diffuse dressing-room tensions.
“Being a captain at a club as big as Arsenal carries a lot of weight,” confirmed the former England captain.
“An Arsenal captain could be a bit controversial. I’m not surprised he’s not open to discussing a new contract.”
“Our goalkeeper David Seaman once pushed a player against the wall in the showers for mouthing off to me. ‘That’s no way to talk to the captain,’ he said.
“Maybe Robin is missing guys like this. Which is a shame, since he is hugely passionate about Arsenal.”
Thanks to @ellamaura for help with the translation.