Many people have been talking about Adebayor’s move to Man City in the light of… why on earth he would move to Man City – a team not yet challenging for the title, not anywhere near the top 4. The main reason, in reality, is that Adebayor put himself into a corner where he alienated fans and team-mates after bascially spending most of last summer flirting with all the clubs in Europe.
“People who think that I have joined City for the money are wrong. If I had made a move for that reason then I would have been playing for Barcelona or Milan last season. They gave me bigger offers than Arsenal did for me to stay.”
He went on to say:
“The chairman and everyone at City want this club to be one of the best in the world. We will fight to be that. I want to win silverware and trophies. That is my ambition. The team has got quality and a manager who knows what he wants and is a nice guy.’
But Adebayor forgets one thing – that none of those two aformentioned clubs actually bid for him. We never received an offer from Barcelona or Milan that was for any considerable amount – this season, the 30 million euros is the most we have ever been offered and in reality, Man City’s £150,000 per week is much more than Milan or Barcelona would have paid. So if Adebayor’s move was for trophies, he wouldn’t have moved. If it was for more money that he is worth, then yes, he would do it…
Since his departure, we’ve been linked with many many players. Of course, Chamakh is one that has been talked about the most – Arsene specifically talking about him in his post match interview at Barnet and again yesterday.
“We keep an eye on him,” said Wenger. “He is one of the players that we will follow and if we went for a striker then he would be one of the possibilities.”
Very strange behaviour – it is not like Arsene to publically talk about another player, currently plying their trade for another team. Surely it’s a smoke screen for a different player. How would Arsene react if Martin O’Neill said stuff like “We’re keeping an eye on Cesc, and if we needed a midfielder, we may go for him”…? Don’t get me wrong, I am behind Arsene 100%, just trying to work out what’s behind his thinking here.
Potentially, it may be a preventative measure to ensure the striker doesn’t sign for Blackburn or Sunderland, the two teams who have reportedly had offers accepted. One thing for sure, is that it’s not a smoke screen for Huntelaar, as he’s now signed for Stuttgart for about £20m…
So, over to you guys… who will be our Adebayor replacement? Do we have enough depth in Niklas Bendtner, Eduardo, Van Persie and Vela or is someone new needed?
I’m on route to the airport in a few hours, so I’ll be back to my normal routine tomorrow… Adios for now!