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Adebayor Offers Plan B

Adebayor Offers Plan B

I'm yet to meet a Gooner with something positive to say about January signing Emmanuel Adebayor, but the player himself is adamant he will prove his critics wrong.

Adebayor has had a number of comparisons flung his way, the most common of which would be to that of former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu. Whilst the pair appear similar in stature and a dodgy hair cut or two, I believe thats where the similarities end.

Kanu was a player of obvious skill, yet his potential was unfulfilled and his work rate occasionally questionable, and while he was a firm favorite with the fans he was never going to be a world beater. Adebayor on the other hand offers something not usually associated with the Gunners; the natural gift to score a scruffy goal and the ability to get off the ground.

Under Arsene Wenger's tenure, the Gunners rarely lift the ball to head height from a crossing position and on the occasions that happens, it's usually Henry doing the crossing to an empty box, but in this new breed of Arsenal striker, we just might have someone to mop up the scraps.

Wenger's search for a fox in the box seemed to end with the waste of 10 million quid on Francis Jeffers but nevertheless it was an ingredient missing from the Arsenal mix, but the way Adebayor opened his Arsenal account suggested he would be the player to fill that role.

As the ball popped up from a Birmingham defender, Adebayor was on hand to put the ball in the back of the net from a yard out.......with his head of all things.

Arsenal miss out on so many goals because we don't get enough bodies into the box on the break, but along with his Bambi like control and the ariel threat, Adebayor possess pace and the ability to get into the area at lightening speed, it is these things that will see him bag at least 15 goals this coming season.

Speaking with official website,, Manu confirms my opinions with a self belief that will stand him in good stead.

"I think what I can bring is a little bit of running and a little bit in the air," said the World Cup star. "They don`t have big forwards like me who can jump high and are not so bad in the air.

"I think that`s only what I can bring different because, technically, I think Thierry is very good and Van Persie is amazing touching the ball."

Unless Wenger see's fit to spend big in the coming 2-3 weeks, Arsenal's main attack will be comprised of Henry, van Persie & Adebayor, 3 completely different pieces to a very exciting jigsaw.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday August 16 2006
Time: 10:20PM


I have a very positive view on Adebayor. Last year he scored a low amount of goals per chance but we have to look at the fact that he was in the position to score.
16/08/2006 22:52:00
a newer version of kanu only with speed. needs probably at least 3 chances to convert 1 to goal
16/08/2006 23:19:00
i think he is very good prospect, still only 22 and has time on his hands, could be a very good player in the future
16/08/2006 23:45:00
I like adebayor - gets the scrappy goals, has good strength, good pace, bit ungainly and as previously mentioned needs a few chances to convert to one goal, or rather has a penchant for missing athe odd sitter or three... but he gives us that new dimension we had been missing, the guy to unsettle defences and do the ugly things up front - we can't always look to score the perfect goal. »»Arsene Knows««
16/08/2006 23:53:00
I fear he has had his image tainted by that fateful match against Portsmouth. Would everyone still be talking about him in this way had he not missed those two easy chances???
16/08/2006 23:55:00
I think it says a lot that he seems to understand exactly what he brings to the front line and that he compliments rather than slags RVP.
17/08/2006 00:16:00
1- players that talk alot dont do *****. 2- if you cant hold on to the ball you should pass 3- if you know your stringth then use it . in my opinion he is good but not yet experienced but will get BETTER, un fair to compare him to a player like kanu to much presure, must gain the trust of the team mates so he can get balls from them missing EASY goals dont help that cause
17/08/2006 00:34:00
i dont think he will shine this season but surely next season will be his season he is 22 and by the time he get 24 i think he can try his luck over the golden boot:D
17/08/2006 05:04:00
Crud player.....................what are you going to do? Those misses last season are going to play on his mind he needs a good season to help him forget but Arsenal as a whole will not have a good
17/08/2006 05:57:00
world cup star lol! 3 games-3 losses-0 goals...personally i rate him,showed his class against zgareb..held the bal up,good 1st touch,nice passes...and he was unlucky not to of 2 watch i gonna be daring and say herl b arsenals 2nd highest scorer!
17/08/2006 09:44:00
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