A lot has been said about the clash that occurred between Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner towards the end of Arsenal’s 5-1 Carling Cup defeat to Tottenham on Tuesday night. While video replays remain inconclusive as to what actually happened, various reports have mentioned everything from Bendtner stepping on Adebayor’s achilles to Adebayor calling the Dane ‘s**t’ and headbutting him in the face.
Some articles paint Bendtner as the villain, some Adebayor, whilst one even suggested that the Togolese man has an instense dislike for his teammate that has been waiting to explode for some time (take two guesses to figure out who that one was *cought* Tribal Football *cough*).
So what do I make of it, I hear you ask? It’s hard to say. On one hand you have an incident where two players have done something that should never really happen on a football field, but on the other hand it’s virtually impossible to know what actually happened.
All the reports in the world really amount to nothing because only Bendtner and Adebayor and perhaps William Gallas and the manager know what has occurred and it’s firmly the club’s responsibility to take care of the situation. Yesterday I demanded that an apology be made by either player and I was happy to see that Adebayor was intelligent enough to issue one.
“I am sorry for the disagreement with my team-mate Nicklas. We are both passionate about this club and sometimes that can be projected in the wrong way. It was a mistake.”
Whether or not he speaks the truth or not is irrelevant, that he has issued some sort of an apology in the media spotlight is all that matters to the club at this point. It is now up to the two players involved as well as Arsene Wenger to deal with the issue away from the media, something that can now be done in a little more peace following Adebayor’s apology.
From what I can gather about everything I have seen from the two players and the situation, my gut feeling is that the two players have a little bit of a personality clash and as a result of the less than perfect atmosphere out on the pitch it escalated.
For all of the comments that Arsenal supporters may have made over the past day or so about the result of the game not being important it’s clear that Adebayor and Bendtner felt that it was, or else the altercation would never have occurred. The words of captain Gallas at the end of the match back this point up quite clearly.
Wenger has often used the reason in the past that Bendtner and Adebayor cannot play together because they are too similar, but perhaps what he really means is that they simply do not get along. Who knows? What really matters is that Wenger and the two players work out a solution that benefits the team and allows the entire club to turn the focus back on the weekend FA Cup clash with Newcastle United.
What do you think?
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