I’m taking a break from the Season Review posts today because some pretty serious stuff involving Arsene Wenger and Emmanuel Adebayor has gone down. For those that are unaware, Wenger was requested to appear for a Q&A session with the Arsenal shareholders yesterday and the meeting enticed some very interesting statements from the manager relating to Adebayor.
According to The Daily Mail, during the meeting Wenger was asked about the prospect of Adebayor leaving the club in the summer to which he replied:
“Adebayor has done fantastically well for the club. All the big clubs wanted him last summer and it will be the same again this summer. Some players have bad periods. If they don’t do well it is because they have lost confidence. But the only way to help a guy who has lost confidence is to support him. Slaughtering him it does not help him.”
It’s not surprising to hear the manager back up Adebayor the way he has but what is confusing is the contrast between that statement and the comments he made in an earlier interview. Wenger was asked about the prospect of selling any of our players to another ‘big four’ club and responded with the following statements:
“If I feel that a player should go, or could go, why not sell him to one of the other top four? I don’t want to go especially into any individual assessment of who we want to keep and who not, at the moment, and normally Adebayor is part of our plans for the future.”
“In this path, you are always in a very delicate position for two reasons. First, I cannot tell you all the truth, what happened behind the scenes and secondly, when you want to keep the players, you keep the players. You do not really look at how much money you get. On the other hand, people say you do not want to spend and when you have the good player, you sell him. When I look in training today, the quality of our offensive sector is very strong.”
It’s really hard to know what to make of out of Wenger’s comments. On one hand he seems to be backing up Adebayor and on the other hand he seems to be opening the door to sell him. The tabloids and headlines have immediately jumped on the ‘Adebayor to Chelsea’ train and with Carlo Ancelotti – the man who wanted to bring Adebayor to Milan – supposedly on the way and Didier Drogba likely to go I have to say it’s a distinct possibility.
I have to stress that at this stage it’s all largely hearsay and conjecture. There are likely to be a heck of a lot to come out of Wenger’s Q&A session with the shareholders but unfortunately I don’t have access to them just yet and cannot comment. It’s likely that Arseblogger will get hold of a transcript of the meeting so I’d strongly suggest you check out his blog at some point today.
Quickly before I go I want to include the really nice piece of positive news that Tomas Rosicky has resumed full training. He will be aiming to get fit for next season and when you add the Czech player to an attacking unit of Robin van Persie, Eduardo, Nicklas Bendtner, Andrey Arshavin, Theo Walcott and Carlos Vela you can certainly see why Wenger might be considering the option to let Adebayor go.
Anyway, that’s it for me today as I’m off to Byron Bay for a relaxed weekend. I’ll be crossing my fingers that our boys can put in one final effort to do everything they can to prevent Manchester United from lifting the Premier League trophy at our expense.
In the meantime, I’d be interested to hear what you think of Wenger’s comments and the Adebayor situation.
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