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Aubameyang: Arsenal hardly forgives – Adebayor

Oviri Kelvin

The former Manchester City striker, Emmanuel Adebayor has said that Arsenal treated him badly after the club severed the good relationship that existed between them in 2009.

The Togolese national stated this due to the frosty relationship that presently exists between Arsenal’s striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and the head coach of the club, Mikel Arteta.

Aubameyang has been involved in a series of disciplinary problems and this has caused Arteta to strip him of the captaincy of the team.

Taking an insight differently from other people’s views on Aubameyang’s situation in Arsenal, Adebayor said he had to accept the offers from Manchester City the moment they signified their interest when he had issues at the Emirate stadium.

According to Emmanuel Adebayor, his exit from the club to Manchester City in 2009 after spending a 3-year stint in Arsenal was necessitated by his coach, Arsene Wenger, who told him in his office he won’t be needed any longer in the club.

The embattled Aubameyang who is presently enmeshed in disciplinary problems with the manager of Arsenal is likely to leave to the club to further his football career in Saudi Arabia or somewhere else.

Adebayor said that even though there are a lot of dissimilarities between his and Aubameyang’s, he stated that the Gabonese international is going through a lot at the moment in the club. He added that Arsenal as a club lacks the spirit of forgiveness.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, he said, “I know he’s going through a lot because that’s Arsenal for you. They never know how to forgive.”

Adebayor who played for Arsenal for 3 years started his international football career at the age of 15 in Metz, a Ligue 2 division Club in France before being snapped up by Monaco in 2004 after impressive outings with the club.

He played in nine games for Monaco in their build-up to the Champions League games before they were defeated by Jose Mourinho’s Porto in 2004.

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However, he continued his career with the club till he was signed by Arsene Wenger in 2006 where he was likened to the former Arsenal star player, Kanu Nwankwo, due to his physique, and area ball control that saw him wore the Kanu’s number 25 Jersey.

If Adebayor had played for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, his parents’ country national team, he could have been a complete replica of Kanu Nwankwo but he opted to play for Togo his birth country and took them to their ever world cup outing in 2006.

It is noteworthy to state that Emmanuel Adebayor is the all-time highest goal scorer in the Togolese national team.

Recalling Adebayo’s statement in a Turkish television programme, Beyond The Game, in 2018, he said, “I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger in his office and he told me I had to leave because he didn’t see my future anymore in Arsenal.

“So, I didn’t have any choice other than to join Man City, who I was very happy to join.

“The next day, when I joined Manchester City, I saw him doing a press conference in London saying that I wanted to leave because the money was big. That is where the hate for Arsenal came from.”

He noted that this singular action by Arsene Wenger instigated his ridiculous celebration after scoring a goal against Arsenal in a clash with Manchester City in September 2009 where he had to run the entire length of the pitch to celebrate in front of Arsenal fans at Etihad Stadium.

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