He’s at it again.
Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has stoked the fires ahead of Manchester City’s League Cup clash with the Gunners, after insisting he has no regrets over his controversial celebrations against Arsene Wenger’s side.
Adebayor was handed a suspended ban and £25,000 fine for his 100-yard dash towards the away supporters after netting in City’s 4-2 win back in September.
But the Togo hitman – who will face his former side again in a fortnight’s time in the Carling Cup – still doesn’t believe he did anything wrong.
In fact, Adebayor believes the Arsenal fans got exactly what they deserved.
“I guess it was the way I felt treated that made me react the way I did after scoring that goal,” he said in The Mirror.
“I did feel very hurt. I had been so excited to play against my old team-mates, but they didn’t want to shake my hand in the tunnel and then I heard the fans singing about my parents.
“After that, I had no choice. I can’t go into the crowd with them and start shouting, so I thought the best response would be to score.
“Luckily, I managed to do just that and then the emotions took over, although I had calmed down before I got to them.”
Adebayor arrived at Eastlands during the summer amid claims that he had been forced out of Arsenal.
The 25-year-old scored 62 times in 142 appearances for the Londoners, but Adebayor feels he never received the respect his goal tally deserved.
“It was just my way of saying, ‘You let me go. See, I am not as terrible a player as you thought I was!’” (Four Four Two)
I think he protests a little too much. Clearly he would’ve loved to have stayed at the Emirates but he burnt just about every bridge conceivable and Arsene Wenger had no choice but to cash in on the the best player to ever come out of Togo.
He is sure to get a warm reception from the travelling Arsenal support on December 2nd and it’s a shame that Robin Van Persie won’t be fit because I am sure he was looking forward to coming face to face with his former teammate following that nasty kick he got in the face from Emmanuel last time around.
Clearly it is more than likely that Wenger will field our kids again for the encounter so it will be interesting to see how they fare against a full strength City side, for they are surely going all out to win the Carling Cup.
Also in response to his final quote about him not being as terrible a player as we thought, well to be honest I don’t think we ever thought you were terrible Emmanuel, in fact for one season you were on fire but the problem is that your attitude then went to hell and you thought you were bigger than the club, that is when we turned against you so don’t for one second that your ability on the field is the issue at stake because it isn’t, the issue is the complete lack of respect you showed the club in your final season.