Adams warning for Gunners
Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams would love to succeed Arsene Wenger as Gunners manager, but insists the team must be rebuilt if they are to challenge for silverware.
Wenger has come under renewed criticism for his failure to make any significant signings during the transfer window with the Arsenal Supporters' Trust declaring it would be currently "inappropriate" to offer him a new contract.
Adams, who made 504 appearances for Arsenal between 1983 and 2002, believes that whoever replaces Wenger will be given a different role to the Frenchman.
"One hundred per cent I'd like to be Arsenal manager," Adams told Zapsportz.com
"Of course my heart says 'yes, yes, yes', but my head says 'can I win with this current team?' My answer is no, I can't and I am not sure anyone can.
"I would want assurances if I walk through the door, those assurances meaning I'm given the go ahead to build a new team.
"I would get my teeth into building a new team but to achieve that, you would need to spend.
"To keep hitting the top four and qualifying for the Champions League is great, and Arsene has done such a great job, but there is going to come a day, and that won't be far away, when Arsene leaves.
"For a long time he has been a one-man band, but that won't happen again. The next man appointed will be the head coach, not the manager."
Adams believes one of Arsenal's greatest failings is a wage structure that pays top players too little and average players too much and also questions his tactics.
"I know Arsene would not spend £25million on buying Bayern's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for example, no matter how much he might need a new keeper," Adams said.
"I think that is a great policy, but the club needs to restructure its wages spend, that is a vastly different matter.
"The club are paying in excess of £150million on players' wages but there have been a lot of average players on £50,000 a week when the big teams now need four or five players on a lot of money.
"Arsenal do not attract those big players because of their wages structure."
Adams added: "Also, Arsene plays too open. I've more of a defensive eye. That's not to say I would be defensive, but the club have bought too many players like Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky and not enough Patrick Vieira types."