Arsenal fans relationship with Adebayor was tenuous at the best of times. In his first one and half seasons most fans lambasted the Togo striker and then he struck gold. He scored goal after goal for Arsenal as we pursued the title.
At the end of the season just to prove that he had not quiet gauge the Arsenal fans, Adebayor and his agent spent the summer sending out signals that he wanted to leave for AC Milan or Barcelona. In the end, after a protracted and very distracting summer, Adebayor signed a new contract, thought to be in the region of £80,000 a week. The Arsenal fans would not have begrudged him his new riches had he performed last season as he did the previous year. Unfortunately, the money had gone to his head and he put in a lazy and very forgettable season.
The fans were not happy, we and the club had been conned by Adebayor, he was a one season wonder and he could not be bothered to break sweat for the club. Towards the end of the season, many fans started to vent their anger at the Arsenal striker.
There was jubilation in the summer when Manchester City offered £25million for the striker and the club accepted the bid!
There was no love lost between Arsenal fans and Adebayor, but from what we know his former team-mates were still “friends” with Adebayor. All this changed on Saturday 12 September 2009.
Wenger had stated in the press that Arsenal had made Adebayor into the player he is, which is true. He was lumbering around south France gaining no recognition until Wenger bought him from Monaco.
Adebayor, who clearly is lacking several brain cells, took this as an insult. He started Saturday in a confrontational manner.
In the pre-match warm-up, he trained in the Arsenal half of the pitch. This was a blatant taunt to his former team-mates and fans. It was no surprise to anyone with one brain cell, which would exclude Harry Redknapp, Mark Hughes and Adebayor ( the three horsemen of ignorance) that the Arsenal fans would give Adebayor a rough time. Adebayor went about his game last Saturday trying to break legs (Fabregas) and dislodge eyes (van Persie). How the referee missed either challenge must be questioned by the FA. Then the lumbering forward scored, this ignited the madness pattern inside him. He ran straight for the Arsenal fans to taunt them.
Adebayor has been banned for three games for the van Persie challenge, which does not help Arsenal. Had he been sent off at that point who know how the game would have evolved? As for the taunting of the Arsenal fans, I am not of the opinion that this is worthy of punishment. Many players have done this the opposition’s fans, taking into account that Adebayor is clearly a person who does not have all his faculties, I do not see him being punished for this incident.
Adebayor will not let the matter rest. He insists that Wenger wanted him out of the club. Well Wenger was justified he became a troublesome, lazy big time Charlie. Whilst Arsenal have forgotten about Adebayor and we are moving on, the Togo striker has a bee in his bonnet about Arsenal and will not be satisfied until Manchester City finish above Arsenal.
The way to shut this man up is for Arsenal to start to win and finish with silverware and above Manchester City, thus proving that we are better club without him and that he only moved to Eastlands for the money.
As a sign of respect to the previous wearers of the number 25 and to ensure that any future owners of the shirt are not inflicted with the same syndrome, Arsenal FC should consider retiring the number 25 shirt.
The two previous owners of the number 25 both went through the same career path at Arsenal.
Kanu joined us and was a joy to watch, the skills this man possessed were amazing. In his second season at Arsenal he scored 17 goals in 48 games. Kanu was duly rewarded with a new contract. Once he had his new contract, Kanu’s career at Arsenal went downhill. He started to look more lackadaisical than he normally did. His appearances were soon restricted to a substitute appearance and eventually he left with no tears shed by the Arsenal fans.
Roll on a couple of years and another highly skilled player joins Arsenal and wears the number 25 shirt. Adebayor looked like a poor version of Kanu to start with, but soon he showed that he too possessed good ball control, and he started to add goals to his repertoire. Adebayor was rewarded with a new contract, but as with Kanu his form nosedived after that.
These were too very skilful players who played and fought hard to earn a new contract. Once their pay went up their form took a dip. To prevent others going down the same route, Arsenal should retire the number 25.
If you ever thought that Adebayor was greedy, well the stories doing the rounds today is that Adebayor is not delaying his move to Manchester City because of his concern over the wages he will be earning. He is not delaying the move in the hope that AC Milan or another blind manager will come and fork out £25 million for him. He is not delaying the transfer be cause he wants to stay at Arsenal or he desperately wants to play Champions League football. The delay is because of money.
The Daily Mirror stated that Adebayor is reluctant to sign for Manchester City until Arsenal pay him a £2million loyalty payment that he says he is entitled to. This loyalty payment will have many Arsenal fans fuming, this is the guy who only broke sweat last season when he joined Eboue in on of his touchline dance routines.
Adebayor will be paid in the region of £130,000 a week or £2 million a year more than he is currently earning. Yet he is still angling for more money from the team that gave him his break
This move completely encapsulates Adebayor and his attitude. When he comes back with his new team, you can be guaranteed he will be met with a very colourful reception.
As the big man moves to pastures new, it is time to remember what he really did at Arsenal.
Adebayor spent three and half very colourful seasons at Arsenal. Scoring straight away against Birmingham, and ending up scoring 4 goals in 13 appearances. My memory of his first season at Highbury was when in one game, he failed to square the ball for Henry who would have tapped the ball in. Adebayor missed the goal and then endured an ear-bashing from Thierry. The overall comments on Adebayor’s first season at Arsenal were that his first touch and finishing had to improve.
Season two saw Adebayor lead the line as both van Persie and Henry spent most of the season out injured. With no strike partners, Adebayor was made to work hard and that he did, but his finishing still had the jury out. He scored 12 goals in 44 appearances including the winner at Old Trafford.
His third season was the best, scoring 30 goals in 48 games. Something that surprised even the manger. He spent most of the season playing the loan striker’s role as once again van Persie and Eduardo were both out injured for most of the season. He scored 24 goals in the league, 6 of those against poor Derby County. He will be remembered most in that season when he came on against Tottenham in the Carling Cup and came to blows with Bendtner. Another surprising fact was that he did not score a European goal until the return leg against AC Milan. This was Adebayor’s golden season, and who can forget his wonder goal against Spurs at the Lane.
Last summer was the telling point in the relationship between Adebayor and the Arsenal fans. Adebayor and his agent openly courted AC Milan and it was widely reported that they were prepared to offer £25million for the striker. Arsene was not prepared to let him leave as Eduardo was injured and nobody knew if van Persie was going to last a complete season.
Many fans wished we had sold last year, saying he will never score as many goals for us and we will never get another opportunity to get £25million for him.
His final season proved fans right, he did not reproduce the same form; in fact his work ethic was laughable. Fans were lamenting the lost money, saying that we would be lucky to get £15million. Adebayor’s highlight was the goal against Villarreal, whilst the rest of the season had fans tearing their hair out.
Thankfully, Mark Hughes realised he needed a ninth striker and was able to persuade the Arabs to shell out £25million for the Adebayor.
Adebayor leaves Arsenal with the fans blessing and leaving behind very few memories, but he leaves us with £25million.