Alan Shearer says Tony Adams was the toughest defender he faced (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal legend Tony Adams was the most difficult defender to play against, according to Newcastle United legend and Premier League all-time leading goalscorer Alan Shearer.

The former Gunners captain was a key part of the club’s first-team for 19 seasons, and is well remembered as one of the club’s greatest ever players.

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Shearer echoed that view when discussing the toughest opponents he came up against during his playing career.

While the former England man named Adams as being in that elite calibre of defender, he admits he for some reason felt more comfortable playing against another Arsenal defensive great in Sol Campbell.

Shearer struggled to get the better of Adams (Picture: Getty)

‘The best defender I’ve played against, and always say, was Tony Adams,’ Shearer told the Premier League Show.

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‘His job was to defend and he was the best defender I played against.

‘(I) Didn’t mind playing against Sol Campbell. I felt as though I could drag Sol to where I wanted to.’

Shearer is comfortably the leading scorer in Premier League history with 260 goals, ahead of second-placed Wayne Rooney on 199 so far.

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