Emmanuel Adebayor might have ‘got it in the neck’ from manager Arsene Wenger after missing a sitter on Wednesday, but the Togolese striker is genuinely suffering from a stiff neck that is threatening to rule him out of the Gunners’ trip to Birmingham on Saturday. The Arsenal striker has slammed home twenty-two goals for his team this season, yet the BBC reports that both he and Alexander Hleb could be missing against the Blues.
With Kolo Toure also certain to miss the game after injuring his calf early into the Milan match, the game at St Andrews could seriously test the Gunners’ title credentials. Although they have a five-point cushion over Manchester United, they’ll want to keep that margin with trips to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge still to come this season.
Do they have enough firepower without Adey? It’s asking a lot of Eduardo and Bendtner to deliver enough goals to keep Arsenal ahead of United and Chelsea, especially as the goals have dried up from midfield of late.