Adams warns Arsenal over Rooney links

Arsenal legend and former captain Tony Adams has declared that Wayne Rooney would seriously struggle to adapt to life in London were he to make the move to Arsene Wenger’s side, ESPN has reported.

Adams, 46, who retired from playing in 2002, says that living in London would increase the spotlight on Rooney, who has already been the subject of controversies on and off the pitch during his time at Manchester United due to indiscipline and rumours about his private life.

Adams had problems away from football himself early in his career, with alcoholism blighting him before Wenger took charge of the club in 1996. He has now moved to warn Rooney and Arsenal of the consequences were he to join, as it could create problems for player and club.

While manager of United, Sir Alex Ferguson was noted for being able to protect his players from negative press, and despite Adams backing Wenger to be just as capable in that regard, he has doubts over whether Rooney can adjust his temperament and mentality, telling The Sun:

“I’m not sure Wayne Rooney could handle London, to be completely honest. That would be a massive risk. I don’t think it’s a question of finances. I think it’s his temperament and mentality. London is a different animal and it takes a different type of player.”

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