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Emmanuel Adebayor, a player so humble and aware of his tough upbringing that he plays just for the love of playing, has shattered my faith in football.

If quotes attributed to Adebayor are true, a player who claimed to love the club, and especially the fans, has disrespected the manager who put all his faith in him and has done a huge dump on the fooball club I adore.

When you read redtop articles that claim Adebayor is demanding this and demanding that, you dismissed them instantly as inflammatory bullshit, but it appears they are right (though the amounts of cash in question are probably made up).

In an interview that made me sad rather than angry, Adebayor says if his demands aren't met, he is off.

'Milan are a big club but the fact they are not playing in the Champions League next season is less of a challenge,' Adebayor said

'Barcelona have made a good financial offer and there is also the chance to play alongside great players. Yes, I am still under contract to Arsenal but it's up to the directors to satisfy my demands or I'll leave.'

'If my good form of last season has increased my value, my employers have to take account of that. I have to prepare for my retirement. Even if you are not scoring fine goals and you have money, you can enjoy a happy retirement.'

'The time for preparing for that moment is now.'

'People ask if I am asking for the same salary as Henry. That is not necessarily the question. But I am being considered a worthy replacement for Henry while not deserving his salary.

'The question lies on this level.'

Does Ade think that Henry was automatically on £90,000 per week? Does he think that one decent season in which Arsenal won nothing is anyway comparable to what the Arsenal LEGEND achieved with the Gunners?

One season does not does not make a world class player.

It's a very sad day in my football supporting life when a player who I admired and respected for their work ethic and enthusiasm for the game exposes himself as a money grabbing whore.

The real tragedy is, that Adebayor is an awesome player, and one who's playing style combines perfectly with Arsene's footballing philosophy, I fear no other team can make Ade look as good as he is.


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Date:Sunday June 29 2008
Time: 10:52AM


Seen these articles this morning and nearly choked on my breakfast!!! If he has really said all this, and to be honest we don't actually know that he has, then he has passed the point of no return. Maybe these are quotes from his 'agent' who is saying they are from Ade. But if they are true and with an attitude like that, and lets be totally honest here, he had a good season in terms of goals but Thierry Henry he ain't and never will be. If it turns out to be all about money after he said it wasn't then we should show this egotistic tosspot the door and take Barca to the cleaners with a hugely inflated transfer fee and then buy someone who doesn't rate themselves so ******** highly after just one season!!!
29/06/2008 11:01:00
The thing with news agencies making up stories about players is that 99% of the time if they use player quotes then the player said it, because if you start putting words into peoples mouths then thats when the law suits come. Sure they twist their words or rehash very old quotes and try and pass them off as new ones, but ultimately with this statement, there's not much room for manouver. Very very disapointing.
29/06/2008 11:10:00
If these words are true, I want him booted out as far as Lome, the greedy ******* *******. If they are not true, "news of the (under)world" should be sued.
29/06/2008 11:13:00
'Barcelona have made a good financial offer'. I wonder if Arsenal were aware of this offer.
29/06/2008 11:13:00
Where do these quotes come from?
29/06/2008 11:16:00
The original source is the News Of The World Rob.
29/06/2008 11:25:00
your whole backbone looks like its leaving i dont know why i mean what a dickhead adebayor is you should pay him henrys wages when he scores 20 goals over consecutive seasons not 1 !!
super frank
29/06/2008 11:32:00
Exactly Frank. What if he gets his massive pay rise and only scores 9 goals next season. He has to prove himself not to be a one season wonder before he starts making these demands. Too big for his boots, and an extra large ***** for making all of this public.
29/06/2008 11:36:00
You do need to be careful with quotes in any paper - in particular the red tops. It isn't that the words are incorrect but they can be ordered in a different way to subtly alter the mood and tone with which they were delivered. The Express and the Mirror did just this last weekend when they took Wengers tongue in cheek 'chequebook' comment at the Euros to give the impression that he had genuinely claimed he couldn't afford any of the players there. One look at the original interview and you could see the distortion. In this case though, distorted or not, Adebayor has an inflated idea of his worth. Then again maybe we all feel we are worth more than we are getting. Bottom line is that if Wenger thinks he can get more than he is worth and replace him with better then we can take just as short term a view of him as a player as he seems to take of us as a club. Isn't that what clubs have always done?
29/06/2008 11:52:00
as ive said all along - get rid of him. one moment he is saying its not about money, then he says it is. HES NOT EVEN THAT ******** GOOD!!!! we should rip barcas hand off- 25m will get us villa, podolski, klose, gomez, robinho, berbatov, guiza the list goes on
29/06/2008 12:07:00
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