Football: Adams is doubly impressed

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TONY ADAMS believes Arsenal's championship-winning squad is better than the one that achieved the feat in 1991. Adams has been both thrilled and impressed by the way the manager, Arsene Wenger, has rebuilt the squad, particularly with the French and Dutch imports. And he feels the Double- winners can remain the leading club in England.

Wenger's signings have proved a revelation, with Marc Overmars, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit and Nicolas Anelka outstanding. Adams said: "I feel this squad, in terms of the quality of players, is the best we have had here since I have been at the club. The standard of the players Arsene has signed is world class. Not only is the quality of players better, but we now have strength in depth. The 1991 side was magnificent but I feel this squad has the edge."

Adams sees no reason why Arsenal cannot repeat last season's trophy success. He said: "I always feel we are going to win the League every season. I believe that, otherwise I might as well hang up my boots. That is in me and that is part of being at Arsenal Football Club - the standards are high and the expectations are high and we have to try to win trophies."

Adams believes Arsenal have shaken off their "boring" tag, and that with Overmars, Anelka and Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal are one of the most exciting teams in the Premiership. He said: "We have always tried to be exciting, even under George Graham, but he got criticised for the way we played. He wanted us to be successful and entertaining, but I know which one he preferred. He said we might have to sacrifice the entertainment to win and get success, but the ideal partnership is to get to success and entertain at the same."

Adams is looking forward to Arsenal's campaign. He said: "I am enjoying football immensely. The beginnings of new seasons are always exciting, there is a buzz about the place and there is an expectation we can do well in Europe. The manager is very focused, he is getting a large, quality squad together."