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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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The Journalist

Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 11 2008

Time: 11:21AM

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Still can't bare to bring myself to cheer for this bloke! Treated us and everyone associated with the club like ****!
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11/08/2008 12:56:00

my moneys on arsenal this year come on you young gunners!!!!
steve bhoy
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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
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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!
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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
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11/08/2008 13:14:00

Is he happy now hes got his payrise?
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11/08/2008 13:28:00

Probably - almost as happy as Robbie Keane at getting his.
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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.
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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
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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.
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11/08/2008 14:18:00

Ade has put undue pressure upon himself - I for one will certainly be expecting a 30+ goal haul in order for him to justify his pay rise after one good season. On a slightly different topic - where does that leave our wage structure if it is performance and success based (much like most businesses)? - I am concerned that because Ade has managed to get a bumper pay deal against this structure, other players will be expecting the same thing. Time will tell. Still think he is an awesome striker though.
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11/08/2008 14:19:00

There is no evidence that it was a 'bumper' deal other than tabloid speculation which itself quotes figures at least 20K a week apart. I doubt that Adebayor did anything more than accept the deal to extend his contract that was put to him before the need to have his ego massaged got out of control.
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11/08/2008 14:23:00

That's pretty much my sentiments Rocky. The fact that he didn't come back and sulk bcos he couldn't move away means that he quite probably didn't want to move that badly in the first place. He's happy here, just that he's incredibly ill-advised and also stupid himself to use those tactics to get a rise. I was happy to see those goals against Real and Ajax. But if it's RvP or Bendtner who scored them, I would have been just as, if not even more, excited. I'll keep celebrating his goals but only bcos they're Arsenal goals.
Lou the Gunneress
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11/08/2008 14:28:00

Adebayor seems to realise that he had made a mistake, and now I think he will work very hard to win back the fans. I'm glad he has stayed, and i'm happy to know that he is not lacking in confidence, I never doubted that Ade has confidence he his own ability. I suppose that's what makes good strikers. Now he needs to ensure that his name is mention along side Henry, by scoring 30+ goals this and a few more seasons to come.
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11/08/2008 14:50:00

LTG - So now we have to be grateful that a grown up man earning 30 k per year now earning 60 k per year isn't sulking??? It shows what a sad state of affairs football has become eh?
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11/08/2008 16:44:00

Good quotes from Ade. As long as he performs the way he did against Real Madrid, I'll praise his work. I'll never warm to him, but that hardly matters. I just wonder if he DOES have a fantastic season, he'll definitely leave next summer with higher wage demands. I figure that the salary he ultimately got wasn't too far off from the initial one Arsenal offered him in May, which he rejected. I don't think he wanted to leave Arsenal, I just think he wanted more money. So he was willing to leave to whoever offered him more money. That's his bottom line.
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11/08/2008 16:52:00

LG, you are an example of the sad way fans have got over the recent years. Living in the past and expecting loyalty for 100% of the time.
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11/08/2008 17:28:00

LG for one I'm not "grateful" that Ade stayed and put in good performances. I just meant it could have been worse - look at all those Berbas, Ronaldos, etc. out there. Yeah sadly, it's become a commonplace that well-paid footballers sulk whenever things don't go their way. For me Ade is just someone Arsene uses to win games now. What he did has killed my affection for him as an individual player. So like I said, I'll be happy when he scores, not bcos they're Ade goals, but cos they're Arsenal goals. Tomf, it may be a tad unrealistic to expect 100% loyalty from players these days, but what LG said wasn't unreasonable - players do make big bucks and should at least act professionally.
Lou the Gunneress
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11/08/2008 19:17:00

As long as he works hard for the team and scores the goals that contribute to Arsenal winning the silverware their performances deserve, that is all we can ask. This is the modern world and Ade is no different to anyone else. We might think 30,000 is a lot of money, but if that is less than half the market rate for someone with his skill set, he is bound to demand the going rate. His only mistake was going about things the wrong way and alienating a lot of the fanbase. However, I think he realises his mistakes and is working to win people over with his performances on the pitch.
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11/08/2008 19:42:00
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11/08/2008 20:39:00

Damn, I thought Spurs were going to win the league after they beat Roma in a meaningless friendly. But then Man City go and beat Milan in a different meaningless friendly! So confused.
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11/08/2008 21:16:00

Rocky put it perfectly how I feel about the whole situation. I just hope that this isnt like the Henry transfer and have it go on for years. Hope he realizes what an opportunity a striker like himself has at this club with our midfield.
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12/08/2008 05:44:00

TOM14, ive never considered myself "sad" as you so inaccuratly put it. Rathter i couldn't bring myself to cheer someone on who has **** all over the club I have supported and followed for over 30 years. If that makes me sad, then you should include atleast another 1 billion people from around the globe in that sweepng generalisation you unfortunatly made. LTG - it wasn't meant a sa dig, more a raised eyebrow to the almost grateful tones of your post, but you have clarified that nicely. Personally i'd rather not cheer for a thick-as-pig-**** tosser like that! But hey, we all pay our money each week and we all make our decisions!
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12/08/2008 11:24:00

i'm hopeful AW did not give in and offer a mega contract to Adebayor following all the fiasco, but if the media speculation is indeed near to what Adebayor actually got, then it would be sad cos we're just setting a bad precedent. I still believe he will go next season, like C-naldo...but for the coming season, I'll focus on our fights for honours in all fronts, and will cheer for any players that help us achieve our goals
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12/08/2008 11:33:00

Well the closer we get to the wire, the less I care about the individual shenanigans and the more I look to our club as a whole. Ade did not conduct himself well but it's done. Amos suggests that this sort of confidence and maverick streak is what powers many top strikers and it's true - as long as they are indeed top strikers. The ball is in Ade's court now - he owes it us to back his big mouth up with a 'big striker' season.
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12/08/2008 13:48:00


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