Monday, December 03, 2007
Adebayor: “We are very proud of our performance”
It wasn’t that long ago when a lanky Togolese forward was brought to the Emirates in the January transfer window of 2006 from French side Monaco. The new Kanu or “baby Kanu” most media men were quick to point out.
Certainly his tall and lean frame looks a lot like his Nigerian predecessor. He is now wearing shirt number 25, which previously belonged to, amongst others Nwankwo Kanu.
Adebayor said that he chose that shirt number because he idolised Kanu while he was a young player. Like Kanu, he also wears the number 4 shirt when playing for his national team.
In fact, Arsene Wenger even described Adebayor as "Kanu with pace" when he signed him. And Wenger was obviously looking to add variation to Arsenal’s play just as Kanu used to provide.
Adebayor’s pace, aerial ability and body strength have certainly begun to provide dividends for Wenger’s investment. He is top of the goal scoring charts both for Arsenal and in the Premiership with 8 goals.
But more importantly he has, in the absence of Robin Van Persie through injury, been leading the line magnificently for Arsenal as a lone forward when Wenger has on a number of occasions opted to play a 4 4 1 1 formation.
It was Adebayor's superb first-half header for Arsenal’s second goal at revitalised Aston Villa on Saturday that in the end sealed the win which keeps Arsenal on top of the Premier League table.
It also helped maintain Arsenal’s unbeaten league record but Adebayor is keeping his feet on the ground:
"I know people are starting to say already that we can go unbeaten but I know the most important thing is keep on doing a good job and keep on playing our football.
What he is referring to is the scintillating one touch total football that Arsenal have been producing this season in the Premiership.
Yet he is also ready to point out that Arsenal’s resilience is something that the team have learned to produce when the conditions and the opponents demand it. As demonstrated with a backs-to-the-wall display to deny Villa in the second half.
“In the second half it was cold and wet and Villa came at us. We knew we had to fight and we fought to the end. We were very proud of our performance.
Adebayor signed for Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, which was reported to be around £7 million. What would he be worth now?
Arsenal score beautifully but win ugly. The sign of champions!