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6th Mar, 2017 | 1:32pm

Alan Shearer: This Arsenal icon was the toughest I played against

By Will Butcher

Alan Shearer has revealed retired Arsenal stopper Tony Adams was the toughest defender he ever faced in the Premier League.

Shearer played against the Gunners former captain during spells with the likes of Blackburn, Southampton and Newcastle, as he remains the Premier League’s all-time record goalscorer.

Posting on the Premier League’s official Twitter account, Shearer described Adams to a fan during a Q&A session as the hardest defender that he faced during his career in the top flight.

“Tony Adams was the toughest defender I played against in the Premier League,” Shearer declared. “He was a great leader & captain & a very tough opponent.”

Despite his wonderful goalscoring form in England’s top flight, Shearer managed to find the back of the net against Adams just four times after matching up on 15 separate occasions.

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The duo played in the same England team under the likes of Graham Taylor, Terry Venebles and Kevin Keegan, but were unable to help the Three Lions win any silverware.

Shearer remains at the top of the pile by quite some distance in terms of Premier League goals, sitting on a huge 260. In second place is current England captain Wayne Rooney, on 195.

The Newcastle legend is now known for his punditry work with BBC Sport, after a spell in charge as manager of the Toon.

Adams, 50, recently rejected the chance to get involved with coaching in Arsenal’s youth set up by becoming head of youth development at Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan.

In other Arsenal news, fans have reacted on Twitter to this reported target’s comments.

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