It’s official – Emmanuel Adebayor is a Manchester City player. And while the transfer fee is likely to remain undisclosed the amount is thought to be around £25 million.
He’s given his first interview as a Manchester City player and you can watch it below (LINK):
If I’m being completely honest the overwhelming feeling I am getting about Adebayor’s departure is one of disappointment at what could have been. Had Adebayor kept his head down last season and focused on repaying the faith that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger put in him before he caught fire the year before, there’s no way he would be moving to City. But his ego inflated, his workrate dropped and – understandably – the fans turned on him.
It hurts me in many ways that I used to call Adebayor my favourite player. I thought he epitomised the sort of character I really enjoy in football; hard-working, creative, joyful. Last season he was neither of those and after his virtual admission that he had lost faith in the club and its fans there was no chance he was going to be this season either. There’s no denying a motivated and chirpy Adebayor would have given a lot to our team but an unmotivated and unhappy one would have given us absolutely nothing.
Personally I feel the exit of Adebayor will make our squad stronger – particularly if the fee for his transfer is used to sign a quality defensive midfielder. He’s obviously a big and not always popular personality and his absence should give players like Eduardo and particularly Nicklas Bendtner the space to shine. It might also open up the possibility of a new striker signing with Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux the most likely candidate.
There is a theory going around that Adebayor’s exit may see Wenger change the way his forward structure operates. Essentially a lone striker (Robin van Persie or Bendtner) would operate ahead of two support strikers (any two from Andrey Arshavin, Eduardo, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, Carlos Vela, Abou Diaby) and I think it would work quite well, particularly given the increased role that Arshavin might get to play.
On that note I might leave it there. Bye, bye Ade. I look forward to giving you a right booing when we play you.
Arsenal 2-2 Barnet
Moving onto football matters and Arsenal opened their pre-season with a 2-2 draw against Barnet. Andrey Arshavin and Nacer Barazite got the goals while a very happy Tomas Rosicky was named captain for the day. New signing Thomas Vermaelen also got a run-out.
I didn’t get to watch the game – pre-season friendlies at 5am on a Sunday morning aren’t really a priority right now – but you can catch the highlights in the clip I’ve included below (LINK):
Anyway, that’s it. Enjoy yourselves, I’ll be back with some more thoughts tomorrow.
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