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The confidence of Adebayor

The confidence of  Adebayor

Ade's belief in himself during the summer in likening himself to Thierry Henry and demanded a Henryesque contract might have been hard to stomach but it is all part of a self belief system that all top strikers need to some degree. Speaking to recently he gave his views on the background to this confidence and the difference between CL and PL football in advance of our upcoming CL qualifier against FC Twente in Arnhem on Wednesday.

"In the PL if you lose the ball in your box there isn`t the danger" he says "Lose the ball in your opponent's half in the CL there will be danger, lose it in your own half and it could be a hot situation. Playing in the CL is like basketball. Lose the ball in your half and it`s a goal - no mercy."

Ade may not have had quite the level of competition in mind that FC Twente, given added spice with Steve McLaren as manager, represents but they have managed a respectable fourth place in the Dutch Eredivisie for two seasons running.

Adebayor has had few pre-season games in which to hone his finishing skills but a brace at Ajax following a confident penalty against Real Madrid will have settled any doubts that earlier misses in the first half against Real might have sown.

In the same interview he seems confident that his goal scoring exploits are a consequence of his development as a player and not just a run of good fortune.

"You know self-confidence is one of the most important things for a striker. Everybody says I am more mature now - that I`ve grown up. It isn`t complicated I just have a perfect surrounding now - that`s all.

Arsene took me to his office and told me that to play in the Premiership you needed to work physically first. I told him I was ready physically. He said that I wasn`t ready for real duels. The fitness coach worked exclusively for two weeks with me in the gym and outside on the pitch with me too.

Since I left Monaco 2 years ago I have gained seven or eight kilos which is a lot - I am more powerful than before. I regained my ability in front of goal the same as I had at Metz. It`s the whole thing I have worked on. I feel good mentally and my family has given me great support.

Doing well doesn`t bring more pressure - no. More confidence - yes. Pressure is a positive way as more people come to see me play. The journalists expect me to score goals so any pressure is felt in a good way. You say to yourself you must do everything to score because people are waiting for that. At the moment it is working fine for me - that`s good."

Despite the summer shenanigans most will be pleased that Adebayor is still with the team. The more determined he is to prove his value and the more self confidence he has to do it the better it will be for us.

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Date:Monday August 11 2008
Time: 11:21AM


Still can't bare to bring myself to cheer for this bloke! Treated us and everyone associated with the club like ****!
11/08/2008 12:56:00
my moneys on arsenal this year come on you young gunners!!!!
steve bhoy
11/08/2008 13:03:00
The guy made a massive rod for his back by comparing himself with Henry, if you're making those sorts of statements, it really isn't unreasonable for us to expect anything less than another 30 goal return from him. That's a shame because at the end of last season, I thought that twenty this year would represent a good total because he's not a typical poacher and does an awful lot for the team. However, his form pre season has been very good and he's played like a man who realises he's got some good will to win back. Let's hope he continues, both with his scoring and his general all round play, which have been superb in the summer. People might deride him for scoring six goals against Derby (which is the single stupidest criticism I have ever heard of any player ever), but he scored at Anfield, Old Trafford, San Siro, WHL, St. James' Park, Villa Park and Goodison Park last year, which is something Henry did not provide too often.
Little Dutch
11/08/2008 13:08:00
We are so much stronger with him in the team, just a shame he acted like he did. No better than Ronaldo or Lampard!
11/08/2008 13:09:00
he will win the golden boot this year .. im sure of it if he can get better at those one-on-ones with the keeper, then he can score a few more goals this season
11/08/2008 13:14:00
Is he happy now hes got his payrise?
11/08/2008 13:28:00
Probably - almost as happy as Robbie Keane at getting his.
11/08/2008 13:36:00
I'm pretty confident that, while he may not score 30 goals again, he will have a top season for Arsenal - as long as he doesn't get even more big-headed. There's no doubt though that we have one of the PL's most toughest strikers to play against because of his strength and athleticism. Bendtner doesn't appear to put in the same workrate as Ade. Don't know about everyone else but I'm also excited about Carlos Vela and think after his two seasons in Spain he can have a major impact for us. Maybe Vela and Walcott can chip in with 10 goals each this season like Pires and Llunberg used to.
11/08/2008 13:40:00
As much as he *****ed me off, I'm over it already, whilst I'll never feel the way about Ade as I used to, we're better with him in the team and will cheer every goal that he scores. Not because he scored it, but because it will be a goal for my beloved Gunners
11/08/2008 13:56:00
Rocky, its a shame that some people put themselves, and their idea of being "realistic and loyal GOONERS!!!", before actually supporting the team. Lets hope the majority of fans feel the way we do. Betrayed but forgiving.
11/08/2008 14:18:00
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