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In an interview given to Uefa.com the Togolese striker has talked at length about those he admires in football and whose help he has come to value. He has made little secret of his idolisation of the former Gunner and Nigerian forward Kanu. In explaining how this came about he tells us:

"When I was young Kanu was named best player of the tournament in the U17 world cup and I also remember the Olympic games when he scored 2 goals against Brazil in added time and since that day -well - there`s a certain resemblance. I`m tall; he`s as tall as I am. We are physically built in the same way so since that day I said yes - he`s my role model. You have the impression he was playing in his back yard.

The first thing I asked Arsene when I came Arsenal was if the number 25 was available and the answer was - even Kanu`s locker was available! You can imagine the rest. I was very proud. I was lucky because Arsene gave me Kanu's phone number and when I called him one day he told me not to tarnish his name. When a great player like Kanu says that to you - even if he didn`t have the career people expected because of illness. He said " Manu - people wanted you because you have talent. Show the people you can be better than Kanu."

As a 19 year old when transferred from FC Metz to Monaco he looked to help from a player who befriended him:

"You know, when you are young and arrive at a club there are experienced players who you have to listen to. When I arrived at Monaco Nonda helped me a lot. He helped me find an apartment. He showed me around the city. What to do. What not to do. Where to go and not to go at night."

An even loftier world star provided the same support system when he joined Arsenal 3 years later:

"When I arrived at Arsenal I had the same experience with Thierry Henry. He would pick me up in the morning as we lived in the same neighbourhood. After training he waited for me to drive me back home. Come on - it`s Thierry Henry! He means a lot to me. After training I was always in a rush as London has so many restaurants and shops but he asked me to stay with him for ten more minutes to have an extra session in front of the goal. I don`t want to say I have the technique of Thierry Henry but I can score many goals like he does. He would shoot and I would do the same after him. It gave me an edge and taught me how to finish in front of goal. He was the one who taught me always to stay calm."

A little unkind to mention them perhaps but he might have benefited from some extra work if one or two chances that came his way against West Brom yesterday are anything to go by. He understands the value of continuing to improve though and is quick to point out that he has time to develop.

"I was young - well I still am! I was brought up to learn something new every day in life. The same applies to football. Ronaldinho is strong but he continues learning every day. If he can learn something new everyday I don`t see why I can`t do the same. If Thierry does an extra session ever day after training why shouldn`t Adebayor do this too?"

In the striking stakes particularly but in general at Arsenal he is already one of the older players so it is difficult to see who he could turn to in order to follow his own advice:

"The most important thing is to listen to the older ones who have more experience and follow their advice."

Perhaps if Charlie George is not fully booked on Legends tours he might chip in an extra 10 minutes here and there.



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The Journalist

Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 17 2008

Time: 8:45PM

Your Comments

I dont rate him, he had one good season last year whereas the season before that he was anonymus, he's too inconsistant to ever be a good striker, you should use him as a kanu type player to come off the bench and try and score because he's not good enough to lead the line
CartoCoys
30 goals suggests consistency to me. The fact that he scored at Old Trafford the last two seasons on the bounce, Anfield, San Siro, WHL every time he's played there also says he leads the line well, particularly away from home. He has plenty to improve, but at the age of 24 that's to be expected. He leads the line incredibly well and we're scarsely the same without him. Yesterday, even in a poor performance, he created three chances for others and had one himself. Ade can work on a lot of things, but leading the line is his biggest asset and I'm not sure there's a striker in Europe who does it better at the moment.
Little Dutch
CC, nobody expects you to rate him. Last year was his first in a leading role and he scored 30. He carried the team alone when RvP and Eduardo were out and midfield support in terms of goals was nowhere to be found. The events surrounding his future this summer are the reason why people tend to focus on his negatives rather than positives. Scouts from Barca, Milan and Manure can't be much off, can they?
G4L
Hey Carto I give you some weaknesses, next time you want to criticise Ade: you can say he needs to improve his finishing, or to minimise the offside runs, or even to fix his agent. Don't make us laugh by pointing at his consistency and ability to lead the line.
Lou the Gunneress
LD, the the goals at Anfield and San Siro were put on a plate for him by Walcott, one of his two goals at Old Trafford was scored with his arm and he knew nothing about it, he is consistent at one thing, being inconsistent. I do think he somehow makes it work, don't know why he just does. It's also not accurate to compare his conversion rate with other strikers in the EPL. At Arsenal he is given clear cut chances again and again, few strikers outside Man Utd and Arsenal get such generous assists. I don't like him and I don't think he is in the same league as Torres but no one can argue with his goal scoring rate at Arsenal, anyone trying to discount his goals is just ignoring reality.
Professor Calculus
But he still had to be there to score them, Torres didn't create many of his own goals last year and socred three goals away from home all season. When you compare his conversion rate last season with Torres and Santa Cruz he's actually very, very close to both of them. Adebayor has already outscored Henry at Old Trafford in his Arsenal career, and that includes the FA Cup semi finals we played in THs time. He has consummately outscored Henry at WHL and has more Arsenal goals at the Reebok than Henry ever got. His goal atAnfield, though simple, was still from open play, a feat Henry only ever managed once at Anfield. Put on a plate? Possibly, but a glance at someone as good as Henry's record at the places I mention shows you it ain't that easy.
Little Dutch
Weather he is as good as Torres etc. is irrelevant really. The fact is that Arsenal are clearly better with him than without him. Even if we had Torres, our game may not work as well. People always refer to Ade as the man who gives us the 'Plan B' of route 1 football, which he can do, but he is also a vital cog in our 'Plan A' of swift football. Ade's strength and prescense means that he can recieve and hold the ball and let players such as RvP break from midfield, rather than wait for the midfield to do all the work. RvP can come into midfield as he so often does to help the build up play and then break forward, with the other midfielders to recieve the ball from Ade, who can shield it by himself. From there Ade can make a run for the man who has collected the ball to find and finish it off (when his finishing is on form). Remember his streak with no goals last season before he scored at the San Siro? That was when he was playing on his own, so, although he managed to lay of others, he didn't have the support to be played in from the front.
ArsenalRob
i hate when people say "put on a plate" like he was standing next to the posts...if that is the case we can say that about half of horseface van listerines goals for man-u. but thats not how it works part of being a good striker is knowing to be at the right place at the right time and making good runs...then people go ahead and ask if his volleys against spurs and newcastle were flukes...common guys 30 goals is more than luck.
anonymous
i say if he wears Arsenal jersey, we support him. Please stop booing him. That sounds ridiculous on tv, spuds fans will be very happy to see this.. no doubt that we will need him to score a lot of goals this season to win something.
fcdematthew
We need to throw our support behind our players. I am not an Ade fan after the summer but I wont boo him. Arsene knows and if he says its ok, I am ok with that. What concerns me after Saturdays game is one the empty seats and two, if we get on Ade's, Eboue's and Theo's back, they will lose confidence and that does not bode well for us. If Ade scores 20 goals this season, I will take that. So, lets give him the benefit of the doubt and get behind our team.
themadafrican
You got a link to Arseblog there Amos, and he's right that its a shame to read this on the back of his summer madness! On the pitch, there's no denying Ade has the strength to lead the line. That's almost a skill in itself - how many strikers can you name that can do that on their own? He does need to score 20 plus goals though to avoid being written off as 'jammy'. I don't believe he is jammy, even though displays like the one on Saturday (he was not quite with it) do give his detractors ammunition.
Andy-bayor
Good to see that Kanu is someone Adebayor looks up to as Kanu has some Class about him that Adebayor could learn from. Adebayor also needs to see that Henry did his goal scoring over more than one season. Yes, he will improve if he takes more of the chances he gets. Great idea Amos, re Charlie George giving Adebayor some much needed advice on scoring goals!
hackneyval
He will have to take up some responsibility of some of the strikers like Vela and Theo, and perform the same role that Thierry did. There's no disputing his value to the current Arsenal side, he brings a lot including goal acoring. However, he should stop comparing himself to Henry. I'm not very comfortable reading things like "I can score many goals like he does". What I would like to hear from him is that there is a yawning gap in goal scoring quality between himself & Henry and he must go miles before he can be mentioned in the same breath as him.
prits
Watching the game last week, I decided that while he is undoubtedly talented as a footballer, he's not the most intelligent of players. His decision making is often very poor, and a lot of our attacks broke down after a poor or pointless pass. He is still young though and I think he will improve, but it would have been sale of the century had Wenger got 35million for him!
pitythefool
 

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