Former skipper Adams has won four top titles with Arsenal in a reputedly nasty defense, and says he has been targeted twice by United boss Air Alex Ferguson.
Center back decided to stay with the Gunners, convinced they were trying to recruit the best players in the world, and their faith was rewarded when they brought in people like Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires .
But Adams says he does not see such ambition on the part of the current Emirates team, which could lose top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer when the Gabonese striker does not seem closer to signing a new agreement.
If Aubameyang leaves, he will be the last in a series of top players to leave the Arsenal ship.
Arsenal lost Alexis Sanchez to United in 2018, although he has not since recovered the form he had shown in the UAE and is currently on loan at Inter Milan.
The Gunners also saw Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey leave for Juventus with a free transfer last summer, while English striker Danny Welbeck is now in Watford.
And Adams is frustrated that his old team continues to lose their best players – especially since he refused to move to United in 1991, and again five years later.
“Alex Ferguson came to get me,” Adams told Sky Sports. “But I wouldn’t leave and I said to the president,” Do we have ambition at the club? ”
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“He said” don’t worry, we’re injecting a lot of money and we’re going to go. “
“I stayed and the rest is history. Dennis [Bergkamp] came and Nicolas Anelka, Vieira, Manu [Emmanuel Petit], Robert Pires – we had five World Cup winners on the team. “
Adams described Arsenal as “a completely different club today,” adding, “I think recruiting at Arsenal for the past few years has not been great.
“Now we seem to be selling our best players and you’re never going to recruit a championship team selling all of your best players. “