By 1970’s Gooner
Adebayor has been very disappointing in the first leg of this Champions League semi final at Old Trafford. I think that in order to maximise our chances of going through he should be dropped for tonight. And there are two very strong reasons why.
1. His mind is elsewhere
Read what Adebayor said to Italian newspaper Tuttosport:
"I often speak to Adriano Galliani on the phone because he is very good at French as his wife is from Morocco.
"Galliani may not be as sexy as Beyonce, but Milan are. They have won the Champions League on seven occasions whereas Arsenal have never won it.
"Last year I was very close to signing for the Rossoneri, but then I renewed my Arsenal contract until 2012. For now I just want to finish the season on a high, but then we will see.
"My agent Stephane Courbis is in London with his Italian associate Vincenzo Morabito and they are always working day and night."
What does this say to you? Especially just before Arsenal’s most important game of the season?
It tells me that he is not mentally ready to play to his full potential tonight. He is instead spending his time on the phone speaking to Milan’s president about his move in the summer or fantasizing about Beyonce.
2. His recent performances on the field have been awful and he is unlikely to reverse that
He has been lethargic, lazy and uninterested. The culmination of this attitude was his inept performance at Old Trafford.
He only scored those goals since his comeback from the injury he picked up at Tottenham because Fabregas was setting him up with the easiest of chances.
The only goal he scored out of his own making was the spectacular bicycle kick against Villareal. For the rest of that game and in all games prior to his injury he was equally bad.
If Adebayor couldn’t find enough motivation and energy in the game at Old Trafford, a Champions League semi final, then it tells me that the chances of reversing that are not high.
I would urge Arsene to start with Bendtner. At least he plays with enthusiasm and energy. He did in fact start that victorious League game against Manchester United at the Emirates so I am sure he can do a far better job than lazy Adebayor.
If Adebayor starts (and it looks like he might) I hope he has a great game and scores the winning goal.
Come to think of it if he scores the winning goal that would be enough, he doesn’t have to play well!