Arsenal travel to Italy to play AC Milan in the second leg of the last 16 tie in the UEFA Champions League in midweek and in all likelihood manager Arsene Wenger will start the match with his two available strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner.
So what’s the big deal you may ask? Well, if you watched football recently, then you must have discerned the Arsenal duo fighting each other in the semi-final of Arsenal’s semi-final defeat to Spurs in the Carling Cup. That incident sparked speculations that the Arsenal dressing room is fractured.
Now that the duo are set to play alongside each other at the San Siro in midweek, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is dismissive of any rift between the two strikers and remarks:
I don’t know if they like each other or not – but basically I don’t see there is a problem. You don’t have to be friends to play well together.
You have it in every team, but I think they get on quite well. But once the suspicion is in people’s heads they look at every single movement to see if there is a problem or not, but I don’t think there is a problem.
I haven’t seen any evidence that there is big friction there. There was one incident at Tottenham, but they sorted it out.
I believe they have a normal relationship – but what is the most important thing in football is that you respect the game. You do what the game demands.” he continued.
The great players always do what the game wants.
If I want to win and to win I have to give you the ball then, if I’m a great player, I still give you the ball.
For me, the emotional sympathy is not a big importance for the big players. They are winners and they respect the game so much it goes above liking or disliking.
We see what you mean professor and we do believe you. Of course you do not have to be the best of friends to work together and Wenger would certainly be hoping that on the football pitch at least, Adebayor and Bendtner compliment each other.