Emmanuel Adebayor will never forgive Arsenal fans
Published 23:30 11/09/09 By By David Anderson
Emmanuel Adebayor claims he will not forgive Arsenal fans for the way they have treated him for as long as he lives.
The £25 million Manchester City striker says he will take to his grave his anger at the way they accused him of angling after a move to Barcelona or AC Milan.
"Their hate for me is the thing that will stay in my heart, not until the end of my career, but until the end of my life."
In contrast to the mutual loathing between Adebayor and Gunners fans, he is a hero at Eastlands after scoring three goals in his first three Premier League games.
He said: "It is normal if you play good that big clubs, good clubs, will come in for you," he said. "What I can't understand is why Arsenal fans charged me with being linked with moves to Barcelona and AC Milan. I can't understand.
"There's no-one who can say I said on TV or I said in the press that I would be leaving - no-one."
The Togo international has scored thee times in as many Premier League games this season for his new club and says: "I am very happy at City. I have come to a club where I find that people love me, people really believe in what I can do.
"People believe in your qualities as a footballer. I feel loved again. I'm very happy and I want to show these people who love me and believe in me that I'm a good footballer and that I can do something good in my footballing career."
Adebayor, 25, is desperate to continue his scoring run against Arsenal today at Eastlands and Mark Hughes claims he has turned his anger at Gooners supporters into goals for City.
"I think we're maybe getting the benefit of that in how he's playing and his demeanour and City fans absolutely love him," said the City manager.
"I think he's upset, it's certainly something that has affected him quite deeply. He has no problem with Arsenal football club itself because he sees it as a huge part of his football life and how he developed as a player.
"But you just sense, and he's said it himself, that he can't quite understand why the Arsenal fans turned against him."
Hughes hailed Adebayor as world class and doubts that Arsene Wenger will be able to shackle him when he is in this mood.
"Ade has that ability to open up defences despite what the opposition might do," he said. "One of the qualities you are looking for in strikers is a physical presence, an ability to keep the ball. You're also looking for pace and power and the ability to produce the unexpected. Ade has got that and all the other things as well.
"He's in a select band. He's one of those players who on his day has the ability to be one of the best forwards in world football.
"I have looked at many, many top players with huge reputations and I don't see many up there with the qualities that Ade has got. I think that would be echoed not just by myself, but other people in the business as well.
"Ade's work ethic has really impressed me. He has an energy and enthusiasm for the game that lends itself to the team. You have to have a trigger, someone from the front who is going to chase people down, chase lost causes and put physical pressure on the back four."
Carlos Tevez misses out with a knee injury and Hughes claims he is a huge doubt for next weekend's Manchester derby against his former club.
"It could be anything from 10 days to two to three weeks," he said. "You can imagine how desperate he is to play, but I'm not going to compromise him for any longer because that would be stupid."