The striker ‘those in the know’ wrote off as egotistical and ‘thinks he’s Henry’ has now shown up all the scaremongers for what they are: know-nothing, knee-jerk reactionists.
Yes, Adebayor has now come out and written off the rumours linking him away from Arsenal for the third time, saying:
“I am an Arsenal player and have three years left on my contract. The most important thing for me is to keep on enjoying my football. I’m staying at Arsenal.
When I was young I had a dream to be a good footballer and play for a big team,” he said. “I was born in Togo so I never cared about playing for money, my happiness was to play to enjoy myself. That’s what I’ve been doing until now. You can see people changing clubs because of money, because they want a change of atmosphere or to get their names in the big leagues. I just play football to enjoy myself. I play because I love it.“
TAKE A BOW. That means none of the 120,000 a week reported in rags like the Sun, none of the money-loving scumminess that certain ‘fans’ claim he’s all about. No, just badge-thumping, 30-goals a season, COVETED striker, playing for us.
To all the fans who chastised him for being a ‘money-grabbing c***’…there are two words I have in mind for you. One begins with ‘F’, and the other begins with ‘Y’. In some countries, it’s often abbreviated to ‘F.U’ as a matter of courtesy.
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Ade’s. And just to make sure I’m not completely deluded, let’s get a few things straight.
- Assuming it to be factually true, his famously cited ‘1 in 3 chances’-conversion rate can be improved on, and then some. Yes, he can put more chances away. But those that sniff at 30 goals in a season really are looking a gift horse in the mouth. Adebayor had to put up with leading the line on his own for most of a very long season, as well as being a young striker still learning a thing or two.
- But that’s exactly the point! He can only get better, and assuming he can play alongside another striker (what with van Persie and Eduardo out injured for so long), this team will be very dangerous. What’s more, Henry was our last 30-goal a season striker, who was far more clinical, yes, but that entails him having less chances to deal with than our Fabregas (more on him later) inspired team, that creates a shedload of opportunities. It is a young team, that is growing quickly and will eventually fully teeth into a very clinical, very dangerous side. And Adebayor is a part of that.
Besides, our defence could have done a MUCH better job than they did on many occassions. Although I’m not one to categorically ensure that this is exactly the state of affairs, I would imagine his time in Togo and now a recent arrival to watch the EURO competition in Vienna has prevented him from making this statement. While he could have done a bit more to either shut his agent up or speak out directly amidst the recent hubbub, to his credit, he’s denied these rumours personally before.
Onto things even more Fabulous, and our young Catalan midfielder showed up an array of talents last night while playing for Spain in the second EURO semifinal against Russia. The likes of Arshavin, Torres and Iniesta were well and truly blitzed for class by, quite possibly, the best footballer of his generation. Occassionally I am prone to hyperbole, but I honestly think that Fabregas could prove that statement right. Will it be in the future, or is it happening right now, that he is justifying this kind of praise?
All I know is that we are watching a young titan play before us under the Spanish colours. What is even more of a privilege is to have this incredible, incredible player playing in the red-and-white and sorta-Charlton-like colours of The Arsenal. Fabregas is pure, unadulterated marvelousness. And you can quote me on that.
Before I end off, one or two people have emailed and asked if I’m going to shed any thoughts on this year’s EURO competition. Generally, I’m not that fussed by internationals, but I do share my fellow Australian blogger Spanish Fry’s sentiments that this is the best EURO competition in a long while. I will shed my aggregated thoughts after the Germany vs Spain final, certainly.
One player who has stood out but was made totally anonymous last night by a certain Catalan deity is Andrei Arshavin. For those that like their transfer-rumours, you will be glad to know that I definitely rate the Russian superstar who is the inverse to Adebayor. Adebayor looks like a war-veteran yet is only 27; Arshavin looks like a newborn baby but is three years Ade’s senior. Go figure.
His performances prior to the semifinal were mesmeric, though. It would be unfair to jump on him and say ‘oh well, guess he was overrated afterall’, given the blissfully stylish way he cut through Holland and Sweden (not the meanest of feats), and the way he spearheaded Zenit St Petersburg’s UEFA Cup run.
He’s a very Arsenal-type player, and I would be more than happy to see Wenger pursue him. Barcelona can be considered favourites for his signature, though.
And with that, I might just head off to bed. Good night, those who have read up to the last line.