Arsenal happy to let Adebayor leave

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Emmanuel Adebayor

It’s ironic how last summer Arsenal were keen to keep Emmanuel Adebayor at the Emirates offering him an increase in his weekly wage and adding an extension to his contract.

It was a result of a prolific season for the Togo player. In 48 appearances he scored an impressive 30 goals and soon became one of Europe’s most admired strikers.

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Despite receiving an improved £80,000 a week, Adebayor continued to flirt with AC Milan. This public courting irked the Arsenal faithful last season.

Indeed the lively Adebayor seemed to have lost his appetite to succeed at the Emirates. He struggled to replicate the performances from the previous season that had seen him rise to the summit of European football.

Adebayor certainly has natural ability and is capable of scoring goals but it’s his attitude that lets him down.

He appeared lacklustre and passive. A measly tally of 10 league goals showed the demise of Adebayor with both the club and fans starting to lose faith in the 25-year-old.

He is also seen to be a disruptive influence within the dressing room. So this summer it soon became clear that Arsene Wenger would rather cut his losses and sell one of his prized assets for a fee in the region of £20-25 million.

Innovative Arsenal fans have created a brochure similar to that published by Michael Owen’s management, highlighting the so called talent that Adebayor possesses. In the dossier, he is lauded as being better then ‘Marlon Harewood and Mido combined’. He is described as being ‘definitely not lazy’.

It once again identifies how the player has fallen out of favour with the fans at the club who are clearly tired of his endless wage demands and claustrophobic ego. His departure is inevitable.

Manchester City head the hunt for the Togo internationals signature, having acquired a work permit for the player. City, a club with lofty ambitions and are willing to pay Adebayor more than his current deal at Arsenal, though not match his £170,000-a-week  wage demands.

Elsewhere within Spain and Italy, all is quiet. Whereas last summer AC Milan and Barcelona were sniffing around the player, this summer there is a distinct lack of interest in acquiring the 6ft 3 inches giant forward.

A sign of the poor season Adebayor has endured perhaps. Today there was a fresh twist in this transfer story. According to the Daily Mail, the player’s agent has offered Adebayor to a number of top European clubs.

An attempt to weasel a better pay packet for his client. Manchester United were one of these top clubs but the agents attempts failed to arouse any interest in the player.

Hence, Manchester City will remain extremely confident of landing Adebayor on their own terms. Wenger will now have money to splash on bulking up his defence and midfield.

Wenger has already bolstered his defence with the £10 million purchase of Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax. Arsenal already have the quality up front to cope with the loss of Adebayor. Robin Van Persie, Andriy Arshavin, Eduardo and Niklas Bendtner all accomplished strikers.

Undoubtedly should Adebayor complete his move to the Eastlands, Wenger will have a plan on how to spend the money.


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