30 Jan 2022 | 06:51 | Football
As Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang experienced a protracted and messy conflict, Emmanuel Adebayor saw the situation with more insight than most.
Aubameyang, who was stripped of the captaincy by Mikel Arteta after multiple disciplinary infractions, looks set to leave north London sooner or later, with his future lying in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere. As for Adebayor, there are many parallels between the Gabon international’s current situation and his departure from the Emirates in 2009. He told Sky Sports News this week: “I know he has to go through a lot, because that’s how Arsenal treat you. They never know how to forgive.”
Adebayor played for Arsenal for three years before signing for Manchester City in 2009, to the ire of Gunners fans. As with Aubameyang, things got off to a good start with Adebayor at Arsenal.
At the age of 15, he left his hometown of Togo to join French side Metz and made a strong impression in Ligue 2 before being signed by Monaco, where he unexpectedly reached the 2004 Champions League final and lost to Jose’s Porto. Mourinho. After several years of shining in France, he was scouted by Arsenal in January 2006 and was immediately expected to be the successor to Nwankwo Kanu. Like Kanu, Adebayor has the upper hand in the air thanks to his height and strength, but his speed and skill also allow him to terrorize defenders on the pitch. Adebayor even wore the number 25 shirt at Arsenal, just like Kanu.
It looks like Adebayor will become the striker’s next superstar in the Premier League with Arsenal. In the 2007/2008 season, he scored 24 goals in 36 league matches, 30 goals in 48 games in all competitions. However, that form makes his departure from Arsenal possible, as both Real Madrid and AC Milan have expressed interest. Adebayor turned it down but when he stayed at Arsenal, he could not reach the heights of last season, in the summer of 2009 he joined Manchester City in a transfer worth 25 million pounds.
The circumstances surrounding Adebayor’s departure from Arsenal vary, depending on who tells the story, but the former player himself still does not think he is the guilty party. He told Turkish TV show Beyond The Game in 2018: “I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger at his office and he told me I had to leave because he could no longer see me. my future at Arsenal too So I had no choice but to join Man City which I am very happy to join The next day, when I joined Manchester City, I saw “He gave a press conference in London and said I wanted to leave because the money was too big. That’s the cause of the hatred at Arsenal.”
After scoring for Man City against the Gunners in September 2009, Adebayor ran the length of the Etihad Stadium to celebrate, in front of away fans. Adebayor was fined for inciting a crowd, as well as given a three-match ban for fouling Robin van Persie, but he remains adamant that he was incited by racism. Adebayor told the Daily Mail in 2019: “When I celebrated, the FA punished me. Nothing happened to the Arsenal fans. I remember I went to the stadium and the Arsenal fans were there. All those things. all I heard were chants, ‘Your mother is a whore and your father bathes elephants’. My father worked in the currency industry and my mother was a businesswoman, but it continued. , how can I answer? I have no voice against thousands of people.”
The problems with Aubameyang can upset Arsenal fans. But what happened to Adebayor may make them more objective with their former captain.
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