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Ade the Daddy

Before I begin with the match report, I just wanted to create a separate thread to say congratulations to Emmanuel Adebayor. Ade's second half hat trick meant Ade became the first ever Arsenal player to score hat tricks against the same opposition in both league fixtures. But even more of a milestone than that, Manu reached thirty season goals. That's a quite remarkable feat for a player who, in truth, is not meant to be a goalhanging supremo like Torres or Owen. Having played the majority of the season up on his own with his partners van Persie and Eduardo stricken.

I felt a bouquet was in order as this guy receives far too many brickbats! I doubt a thirty goal striker has ever received as much ire as Ade, both from his own supporters and neutral observers. I've spoken of this phenomenon before amongst Arsenalfans and I have tosay it comes from a deep seated arrogance. Adebayor was routinely written off after about two games in an Arsenal shirt and so when he proves people wrong, they just wait for his next error sothey can feel as though they are correct. Witness Alexandre Song, who was disgracefully booed in his first ever Premiership start. Now he has come into the side and looks assured and a viableoption in central defence. Yet those so keen to criticise have been silent about his current form, their pride hurt as once again quickfire assumptions are proved wrong. Wait until he makes a mistake and these people will soon crawl back out of the woodwork and use his error as a mast for their ego.

Anyways, back to Ade, people forget that he has scored at Anfield, Old Trafford and the San Siro this year whilst also continuing to score against more pedestrian clubs like Tottenham. Meanwhile, Fernando Torres is rightly lauded as a terrific striker, Ade does not attract the same plaudits. I criticised Henry during the last two years of his Arsenal career for his contribution in away matches, his scoring statistics North of London became comparable to most centre backs. But of Ade's thirty goals, seventeen have come away from home. This speaks volumes of Ade's character and the difference he can make to us. I hope that if he does not score 30 again next yearthat he won't be roundly lambasted, but we'll worry about that another time. I saw an interview with Ade a couple of months back when he revealed that, upon his transfer to Barcelona, Henry told Ade 'you will score thirty goals this season' and how that had been a huge boost to Adebayor. I'm not entirely sure Thierry actually believed that, I certainly wouldn't have. So thank you Manny. But please, Ade, pal, stop stealing my dance moves capisce!?LD

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Tuesday April 29 2008
Time: 11:24AM

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Agree completely. I can't understand how he gets the criticism he does. He might not be as easy on the eye as Torres, and as gooners we have never had this kind of striker before. We have been spoiled with very talented strikers who are very pretty to watch such as Henry, Bergkamp, Anelka, Wright, Van Persie, Kanu. All these players had/have a good first touch & great technique. Sometimes Ade can have a poor first touch or miss a clear cut chance, but how many times has he taken the game by the scruff of the neck and got us the win. Defenders hate to play against him, he is strong, quick, gets us headed goals and puts his all in to games. He has tired towards the end of the season due to having to play so many games. He has scored 30 in 38 starts, the same as Torres, and like LD said he has scored 17 away from home compared to Torres 7.
29/04/2008 11:53:00
I CAN actually see why he gets criticism sometimes, but most of it is well over the top. I don't think Ade is a world class striker (YET) but if he keeps this up, he will be in no time. He is still young and has lots of time on his side. I think the fact that he is not the finished article just goes to show how amazing he has been this season, and if he can carry on making improvements as he has in the last 12 months, then he can be a 40 goal a season man in all competitions. Awesome stuff Ade, my player of the year!!!
29/04/2008 12:01:00
Ade is incredibly frustrating to watch but the criticisms come from ignorant fans and pundits. The guy has scored more than 95% of all other strikers in the country, often upfront on his own, where's the problem.
29/04/2008 12:05:00
I can understand why Ade attracts some criticism. He does look ungainly, his touch can be poor and he isn't the best at bringing others into play. But against that he can confound us all by producing a clever bit of skill and great touch and finish. Playing up front on your own is a thankless task. There isn't a forward in the world that likes it. All forwards are more effective with someone alongside them. Ade creates his own space - runs tirelessly - keeps two players occupied which reduces the attacking potential of the opposing side - and scores goals - lots of them. What he does well he does very well and that is recognised by his fellow professionals ranking him 3rd in the PFA player of the year and into the team of the year. He may never look the prettiest player (though he is young enough to improve his fluency) but look beyond that and what you have is a very effective player indeed.
29/04/2008 12:07:00
Well said - the guy is a lion, and is fast becoming comparable to players such as Eto'o and Drogba in the way he holds the ball up. I think that even if he is not quite as clinical as these two, his passing game exceeds them. I know some fans had it in for Ade, but most shocking has been the player assassination carried out by a few blogs. Even until a few weeks ago, the wretched Myles Palmer was calling Ade a clown. I hope all the non-believers were choking last night as Ade's well-deserved chant was ringing round Pride Park. Big up the Togonator!!
29/04/2008 12:09:00
I have been trying to defend Ade from arrogant fans throughout the whole year. What is more painful is there are more Ade-bashers amongst Gooners than fans of other clubs together. Crazy stuff if u ask me. Anyway, I second your thoughts Rocky7, he get's my vote for AFC's POY.
29/04/2008 12:12:00
Torres created most of his goals himself. He converted half chances into goals. So at away games he was marked tighter because there's not many goal scorer on Liverpool squad this season.
29/04/2008 12:17:00
Well said, Ade has been great for us this season and wish all Arsenal players had a heart as big as he does. He terrorises defences, is great in the air, has pace & power. He does not always (i admit frustratingly) putting away the simple stuff but sometimes scores the seemingly impossible - not unlike a certain mr Henry who could miss a tap-in with the best (& worst) of them. All strikers miss and as soon as glory hunting, championship manager addicted spoilt brats realise this the better. Rooney misses, Torres misses, Drogba misses, even David Villa & Benzema miss (shock, horror!). Its about time people showed some respect to Adebayour or go and support Chelsea instead because they need the fans, especially ones who boo & chant "you dont know what your doing"
29/04/2008 12:21:00
I believe that the point made is that Adebayor is a good striker, with a world class midfield behind him. People just want to see a world class striker playing in front of that world class midfield. Fair enough, Ade could continue to get 30+ goals for the next 3 seasons with players like Cesc and Theo giving him sitters, but imagine how many goals he would have if he'd put away all of the sitters that he's missed this season. When fans look at him, they spend half the time thinking; "Henry would have buried that..." "Torres doesn't miss those..." "Ronaldo could have scored that blind-folded..." I think that people just want a world class striker like Thierry, rather than a very good one who tries his best.
29/04/2008 12:25:00
And a big ''thank you'' to the Derby fans continuing with their racist rendition of ''Andebayooooorrr....'' without them, would he have knocked 3 past them... great reaction as well Ade, well in son.
29/04/2008 12:34:00
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