Adebayor's Agent Claims "Future Not With Arsenal" as Arsene Reassures The Fans He's Not Going Anywhere…

So, at the moment, it's all about meetings, shareholders meetings, boardroom meetings, the AST meeting and more... and yesterday, apparently, we had an emergency meeting, apparently not scheduled this time last week... reading a snippet on Guillem Balague's website (believe Guillem at your peril), in relation to the vacant role at Real Madrid, he said:

A meeting took place at the club`s London Colney training ground yesterday between Arsenal Chief executive Ivan Gazidis and Arsene Wenger that ran on for over 4 hours. The criticism from the supporters, the complaints of the shareholders and, of course, Florentino Perez` attempts to prise the Frenchman away from the Emirates were all up for discussion.

After this meeting, you may have heard (especially if you’re following the WOA Twitter, posted at some random hour last night), that Arsene is staying, and the quote from the daily mail reads:

‘There’s nothing to worry about, it’s not an issue for me. I’m staying here. If that changes I will let you know, but don’t worry about that. It’s not an issue.’

Relief all round… but in all honesty, no one really believed he’s suddenly quit this role. Papers and presidents will say and publish what they want, and it’s up to the fans and the club to not listen to the rubbish we’ll hear. Some sources say that Arsene was considering this, but I really doubt it. Really doubt it.

And now onto all things Adebayor – and his agent, Stephane Courbis has been in the press today, and profoundly proclaimed that Adebayor may not be with Arsenal next season, although in reality, no clubs have actually contacted him.

“I do not now if the future of Emmanuel is with Arsenal. The only certainty is that at the end of the season I will meet with Wenger to asses the situation.”

And it seems to be the same every close season – you have to wonder if Adebayor is cleverly using the “fans hate me” thing to engineer a move and based on last summer, I wouldn’t be surprised.

“I can say that there is no news on Milan or Inter as I have not been contracted. I have not spoken with Arsene Wenger either, as I have also not spoken with Chelsea. I have to take stock of the situation with Wenger and at this moment it is premature to talk about any of these things.

They say there is no smoke without fire, and it is starting to look like the Togo International could finally be on his way. The injection of cash may help fund other player signings. Put it this way – I’d rather than Arshavin in my team than Hleb, and if we spend any money raised from sales correctly on better players, then we’ll have a net gain.

That’s it for now, let’s speak later…]]>

  • merry

    I have always “got it” re the Board. They are speculators not investors and we know the truth is that the Board like all greedy people are not the smartest bunch. Their priority is their investment not the club and fans. They use the veil of financial prudence to line their own pockets. Football is not totally rational we need a board who will invest sensible levels in the club for the love of the club. I would rather the fat orange one than this lot. As for Wenger I have not said he should be fired now you know Moshea I have said for years he needs a good kick up the backside. He has made many big footballing mistakes over the last 5 years. Good leaders learn from mistakes he should take valid criticism and respond positively not slag the fans like a primadonna. He deserves one more season but if we are still seeing the same heartless and inept performances next season as we did this his job must be on the line. Yes I heard Dixon’s comment about AW but Dixon also wrote in the Sunday Times 2 weeks ago all bad points about Wenger over the last 4 years, ie the dross like Ade, the tactical naivety esp defensively, lack of leadership and experience in the team. All valid points which AW could fix – what do you think Moshea? AW is like any employee getting an annual appraisal he needs to take it and work on it not deny it. So many people cant be wrong. He needs to bite the bullet on the likes of Eboue, Ade, Diaby, Silvestre, Rosicky and get in two or three quality experienced players. I know his hands will be tied by a nasty and duplicitous board but surely he can do some trading of players. We will have to wait but something has to change. As for Ade, is his agent going to buy the rotten fruit for us to throw at Ade on Sunday? Talk about stoking (no pun) up more bad feeling. The Monaco chairman called him trouble he was right

  • devday

    Ade won’t be anywhere near the pitch on Sunday, that’s for sure!

  • Pete

    < ![CDATA[From Arsenal.com

    "Eduardo underwent simple revision surgery on his left ankle earlier today [Wednesday, May 20].

    The operation went well and Eduardo will follow a dedicated rehabilitation programme throughout June.

    He is expected to return to full training in pre-season with the rest of the squad." end quote]]>

  • chris

    < ![CDATA[how can you possibly complain about an unbeaten season? A feat unmatched by any other team in the English top flight. Even the Mancs are jealous of that record.

    You seem to think having the best team guarantees winning everything.

    Look at the (fairly average) Liverpool team that won the CL. They were mere seconds from going out at the group stage and ended up winning against the odds whilst finishing 5th in the league. They shouldn’t even have been allowed to play in the CL the next season.

    They were not a great team but then the CL can be like that - it’s not a true league but a cup competition against the very best of Europe and moments of luck or bad decisions can and do decide who progresses.

    As Arsenal found out when Liverpool unfairly progressed last year due to two appalling decisions from the referee. We were the better team but the best team does not always win - this is what makes football intriguing.

    It’s important too otherwise spending as Chelsea did would have guaranteed them every trophy under the sun.

    Ferguson is a truly exceptional manager with different resources and an unparalleled record in football. Whilst I don’t want us to lose, there never has been nor will there ever be, any disgrace to narrowly losing to Ferguson’s Man Utd. They consistently play with verve, grit and determination and have resources that we cannot yet hope to match.

    I just reread this and what you wrote and I suddenly don’t know why I am responding - you are clearly just a phenomenal ingrate.]]>

  • Fo

    I think you’re right… if we do sell Ade, and spend the money wisely, we’ll be better off. I definitely think a new striker should be bought despite everyone’s belief that we’ve got enough – if Ade goes.

  • chris

    If we sell Adebayor, which seems more than likely, I hope we replace him with Vagner Love, who time and time again has proved his quality in European games. He also has the physical strength to cope in the PL, and, like Arshavin, comes from the Russian league, that seems more compatible with the PL than most other European leagues. Russian teams have in latter years tended to play fast, very physical footie – much like in England. And, like with Arshavin, we would buy the finished product, not someone who might be brilliant in a few years time

  • Fo

    < ![CDATA[I understand Man City are going in for him this summer at about £20m... they've tried twice already.

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11679_3087809,00.html]]>

  • zohaib

    Fo, in what areas do we need new players in the summer ?

  • Fo

    < ![CDATA[Zohaib,

    Personally, I'd love to have Haageland from Fulham, I really think he could be our "Vidic". In every game I've seen him play, he's been awesome. I think Toure or Gallas could play along side him and Sagna and Clichy as first choice wing backs. Add in Gibbs, Djourou and the other one of Toure / Gallas, we've got a good set of defensive players.

    I'd also like Adebayor replaced if he goes - options to replace, may be in a similar mould, a la Santa Cruz or in a different mould, a la Agbonlahor.

    In central defence, Lorik Cana would sort us out, he's strong, can pass well and has good stature and an awesome engine.

    Add that to what we've got and bingo, we're suddenly title challengers!!

    If only it were that simple!]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[I agree with most of what you've said Fo.

    The point I'm trying to make here is, that we might not have enough money to buy a replacement for Adebayor AND a ready-made CB, AND a ready-made midfielder. We've heard that we may only have 13 million quid to spend. Maybe this is why we might need to sell Adebayor to get more money to spend on the areas that need attention.

    So the question to ask is not who do we replace Adebayor with. The question is should we sell Adebayor and use the money to buy the players we need in defence and midfield ?

    Personally, I say yes, we should.

    We have enough players in attack. The club's footballing philosophy is based around attack and we've done enough to get a decent amount of attacking players, both experienced, and in youth.

    But somewhere along the line, we forgot about defence. The one area where we're astonishingly weak compared to the rest of the league, is in defence. We're shocking for a team in the top 4, according to my standards, at least. And we've been paying the price in recent seasons. Injuries have been the other major destructive force. Maybe we can't have complete control over injuries, but we should at least do everything in our power to get it right at the back and improve our defending.

    And we need some experienced players there and at defensive midfield. Those are the areas that make the spine of the team, the foundation on which everything else rests - the creating of chances, the attacking moves, the forward play, etc. We need to get the basics right, if we want to compete at the top with the best.]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[We have enough options up front. Our injured players are coming back and we've got a load of youngsters, some of which have played a decent amount of games this season.

    What we lack is top-class defensive players, to strengthen the team on the pitch, as well as to teach the youngsters and make them better at defending, so that we not only have good attacking youth players, but also good defensive youth players.]]>