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A Wenger Bid For Adebayor This Summer?

Stranger things have happened in football! Shrewd Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has spoken in praise of City loan star Emmanuel Adebayor today. Buttering the ex Gooner up?

This correspondent knows that Arsenal's support fell deeply out of love with Adebayor in the run up to his departure to City but I never really got the impression he wanted to leave them. Certainly his notoriously demented show of revenge at Eastlands after scoring against them needs no introduction, but could they ever warm to taking him back into the fold?

That self same support warned us on Vital Network pages that Mark Hughes was signing trouble but the Togolese hitman hit the ground running at City yet seemingly never fully recovered from the horror of the Togo team bus suffering a terrorist attack.

Something wasn't right and Roberto Mancini, in a season where City must deliver deemed Adebayor a passenger. Despite 15 league goals in 27 City starts, Adebayor was made available to join City's mini squad of loan stars heading for Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid.

Wenger told today:

'Adebayor didn't play anymore at Manchester City. He is a talented player and it's a waste for him not to play. It is a good decision from Adebayor and a good decision from Real Madrid in my opinion.

'Adebayor needs to gain confidence again and to play at his best because he was going nowhere at Manchester City. Both Adebayor and Real Madrid can be winners.'

Tellingly, Wenger makes a point of emphasising that he and his management team didn't perceive the striker to be a problem player:

'He is a nice guy..overall, he is not a difficult guy. We had no problem with Adebayor on a daily basis...He was likable, he did his job well.'

Maybe a permanent Ade move to Real Madrid is not a foregone conclusion.

The question is would either Arsenal or indeed City be prepared to give him a second chance?


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 21 2011

Time: 6:46PM

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No thanks, we'll keep the 24 mill ta! x
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21/02/2011 18:56:00

You will never find Wenger bad mouthing any of his ex players. Even Cashley the one who left his boyhood club in the most shady circumstances has never come under any verbal fire from AW. This doesn't mean Ade will return to Arsenal, it just means that Ade will jog his memory and remember the man who lifted him from obscurity in France and made him the player he is today. fondly
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21/02/2011 19:07:00

I appreciate your gaffer was most probably responding to a hack question but you never know. Then again, you can always have Jo on a free. We'd all offer to drive him down to North London!
Johnny Baguette
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21/02/2011 19:48:00

Wenger is merely indulging in his favourite sport of voyeurism. I've no doubt that this is intended as a veiled criticism of City rather than a tribute to a player that Arsene clearly knew had to leave the Emirates.
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21/02/2011 20:21:00

After seeing the comedy duo of Bendtner and Chamakh against Leyton Orient, I could see Wenger wanting a new striker but unless Mourinho gets overruled, it looks like he will take up the option to buy Ade for 16-18 mil. Mourinho seems to prefer him to Benzema.
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21/02/2011 20:21:00

Yeah, great wasn't it. Amazing what happens when life's little favours don't go your way. Maybe Clattenburg will ref the replay? Come on you Os
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21/02/2011 21:05:00

Would rather have Jo Brand thanks Johnny.
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21/02/2011 21:28:00

Jo Brand would probably bag you more goals iceman.
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21/02/2011 21:42:00

Did I say probably? LOL
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21/02/2011 21:42:00

Not a chance.
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22/02/2011 03:55:00

He doesnt cheat enough to play for Arsenal
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22/02/2011 11:46:00

Ade's problem is attitude and not talent. Arsenal knew that when they decided to rake in the cash for him. FCB, its all about return on money - Adebayor was bought for 3 million by Arsenal and scored 62 goals. City bought him for 25 million and he scored 19 goals. Who benefitted is quite obvious.
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22/02/2011 14:48:00

That's some return he gave Arsenal Delta, and to think the disgusting way the Arsenal fans treated him when you consider this.
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22/02/2011 15:11:00

Well I wonder why he isn't playing for you now bluedub, he is such a pleasure to have around.
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22/02/2011 16:44:00

I needed a pick me up today. STUMCFC we are currently the leagues second highest scorers, 1 goal behind Utd on 56 goals. And both our comedians Bendtner and Chamakh have scored us more then enough vital goals when our main man RVP has been out. We don't need to play "fantasy football" spending hundreds of millions to score goals. It must make you sick to the stomach when you think of the cost of our strikers compared to your front line. I would guess that your new striker cost more then Bendtner, Chamakh, walcott and RVP put together. I am more then happy thank you very much. You just hate the fact that we were right, and AW was rubbing his hands with glee after you handed over that fat wedge of cash for that football virus. Just deal with it and stop dragging us back into the debate please. Thanks to the City fans who took the time to come on VA and congratulate us after the Barca game...much appreciated. Ohh while Im here can you ask Balotelli if he knows who Jack Wilshere is now....cheers ;)
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22/02/2011 18:17:00

No gunnerman, it doesn't make us sick at all - in fact, we could care less about arsenal, your manager or your strikers. The only time we care about Arsenal is either before we play you, or when you are playing a game that could effect us in some way. Yes you were correct about Adebayor being a bit of a tit, well done on that, but the difference is that we as fans never gave him the bilious abuse he got at Arsenal, and if it came down to it he would play for us again - his disagreement was with our manager. So I'm sorry to hurt your feelings, but Manchester City clearly matter to the Arsenal fans more than you matter to us. And no probs mate, you deserved the praise for that performance.
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22/02/2011 20:21:00

Bendtner is terrible, no amount of goals scored by your team could convince me otherwise. He is on par with Jo for pure awfulness. Typical Arsenal fans to take a comment on a couple of mediocre individuals as an attack on the team. I rate Van Persie highly as well as most of your midfielders/attacking midfielders, but Bendtner especially is pure dross and Chamakh is not awful but not very good.
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22/02/2011 23:00:00

Eh Stu, remind us again, how much did you pay for Jo, and how old is he? Now, go find out how much we paid form Bendtner, and yes, he's a young lad, still learning his trade. FCB, we frankly don't care a jot about your club. Maybe, if you'd left us out of your lotto induced illusions, we might have stayed off your patch, we would'nt take him back if he was offered for free, and get your facts straight, we never abused the demented egomaniac, its his mouth that gets him in trouble.
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23/02/2011 13:36:00

Why does price get price always get dragged into the argument? Bendtner is awful regardless of his cost. Ok Dele he wasn't abused by Arsenal fans just like Eboue wasn't.
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23/02/2011 13:49:00

Jo is the same age as Bendtner, 23 years old, and we think he is terrible too. I'm really not interested in how much either cost, why must you people spew the same old Sun/Mirror-inspired rhetoric about cost/history (apparently we have none and Trautmann, Summerbee, Lee, Bell, and others don't exist/never did anything). My point remains Bendtner is ***** just like Jo and seems to be regressing if anything. He is one of those "needs 10 chances to score" strikers and with the service he gets at Arsenal from your impressive midfield, his strike rate is truly awful. Finally, if you didn't care about our club, why are your lot constantly here when the word "Arsenal" is even whispered!? I'm not sure but I have my doubts that mobs of City fans head to Vital Gunner whenever the words "Manchester City" are bleated. You and your bitter rival Spurs fans are alike, you look down on other fans with incredible arrogance and have serious entitlement issues. The other City board I go to, which happens to be the biggest, is also polluted by the same, telling us how superior their team/players/history/pet dog are. It must be that southern thing of living in the capital, most citizens of a country's capital have an elitist complex when talking to people from "lesser" regions of their country.
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23/02/2011 15:02:00

Now Stu, don't go arguing with the arsenal fans, don't you know that they're always right? I Know this because they keep telling me, so it must be true.
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23/02/2011 15:46:00


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