One particular comment from Tony Adams speaking on Manchester City stands out

As news broke yesterday of Manchester City launching legal action against the Premier League everything Manchester City has become the topic of conversation. Today Arsenal legend Tony Adams has weighed in on the topic. But one comment made by the former England international stands out.

Tony Adams touched on Arsenal’s recent spending to keep pace with Manchester City. “We’ve spent £200m here at Arsenal just to get near them and you can’t keep doing that. I think the league, more importantly, need to look at that so Man City don’t keep rolling it around. We’ve spent £200m here at Arsenal just to get near them and you can’t keep doing that. The big clubs will always be the big clubs but the Premier League is the best in the world and you want to maintain that. Thank god we have Arsenal because, if we didn’t have Arsenal this year, it’s a non-existent league.” The full clip can be seen below courtesy of the SkySports Premier League X account. Adams also spoke of the City Football Group his opinion on the ability of the CFG to stockpile talent.

Tellingly in his answer the statement that ‘big clubs will always be big clubs’ stood out.

Being a big club doesn’t entitle anyone to success. Be it Manchester City or otherwise.

There appears to be a prevalent attitude in football that being a ‘big club’ or a ‘historically successful club’ entitles that club to success. Sure it helps with brand recognition, sponsorship and a host of other factors but on-field success isn’t determined by the size of the club. It takes a club working together in all departments to achieve success. Manchester City exemplify this statement. From the boardroom to the pitch the club is pulling in one direction. That stability has helped Manchester City achieve their current era of dominance.

The other issue that routinely gets mentioned during Manchester City’s era of dominance is their financial might separates them from their rivals. Tony Adams made mention of this today. His comment that Arsenal have ‘spent £200 million just to get near them’ is another example of this. His comments give the impression that Arsenal are punching well above their weight to contend with Manchester City for the Premier League title. It’s a claim that doesn’t stack up on closer inspection. Figures sourced from show just how much Arsenal have spent since the 2018/19 season to compete at the top of the Premier League. It is a lot more than the £200 million quoted by Tony Adams today. Manchester City have spent to maintain their position but Arsenal have spent almost as much to compete.

‘Big clubs will always be big clubs’. That quote from Tony Adams certainly stands out. As per Matt Lawton’s report in the Times yesterday City believe the current Associated Party Transaction (APT) rules hinder their ability to grow as a club amongst a host of other claims. If the Premier League’s APT rules do hinder Manchester City or any other club from becoming a bigger club what hope do they have of becoming a bigger club?

If Manchester City are successful in their case against the Premier League the idea of big clubs always being big clubs may have to be changed. ‘Big clubs have remained big clubs because they wouldn’t let anyone else sit at the table’ may become more fitting.

Tags Arsenal English Premier League Manchester City Matt Lawton Pep Guardiola SkySports the Times Tony Adams


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  1. Arsenal have not ‘cheated’ in order to spend 200m. The UAE state-sponsored scammers have as 115 charges proves

    1. Charges are not proof. A verdict is. That hasn’t been reached. Once that occurs the discussion about ‘cheating’ can be had. Clearly that has been forgotten.

  2. Fucks sake man.
    You spent £100m on grealish to sit on the bench.
    Would love it if anyone would ever consider including wages into their equations too.
    How much is the city bench earning per week? Cos you can bet no other bench, perhaps excluding the other rule benders (Chelsea) is anywhere close.
    Amazing how far you can go to ignore the realities.
    And that comes from someone who used to respect proper city fans. Now… not so much.
    Teams earn stars for European success.
    Maybe it’s time to add materials for creative accounting success too.

    1. Well what about utd spending £80mill on sancho and he’s on loan or pogba £90 million who was a big flop. Your argument against jack grealish disintegrates mate. Least he won a treble.

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