So much noise has come out of the Adebayor camp this summer, it's hard to believe that there hasn't been so much smoke without even a small fire, however it appears that the fire has been extinguished for the moment as the player has announced on Arsenal TV that he is set to sign a new four year contract at the club. One wonders if this is the very same Adebayor that was labelled as being 'greedy and deluded' not that long ago.
I watched the interview in full, Adebayor stated that he had no idea where the quotes cam from and that he never said to anybody 'that he would leave the club'. There were certainly a lot of quotes in the papers, Stephane Courbis and Vincenzo Morabito are both Adebayor's agent if you believe all you read! At best Adebayor has unethically angled for a pay rise by dropping lots if hints in the media, at worst he wanted to leave and found that no club could stump up the cash to buy him, personally I feel he didn't want to leave but was just angling for more money.
Adebayor's behaviour has certainly been cunning, however as an Arsenal fan I won't be able to cheer on Adebayor with the same passion. Even though he may not have genuinely wanted to leave, the fact is that he has disrespected Arsenal fans by engineering a pay rise in such a manner. Maybe that's the way football is these days, I just wish he'd gone about his business is a more respectful manner behind closed doors. I still wouldn't be surprised to see Adebayor on his way out in the next year or two, unless he plays like a donkey, in which case I'm sure he'll be keen to see out his contract.
Elsewhere Arsene must overcome the tactical genius of Steve Mclaren as Arsenal take on a relatively tough fixture against FC Twente in CL qualifying, Rigobert Song has been in action for Cameroon in a defensive central midfield role, a young Arsenal side gained another pre season victory with Nacer Barazite on the score sheet yet again, while Arsene hinted that there may well be one more signing in the pipeline. I'm looking forward to a weekend off and getting a few hints about Arsene's master plan for next season from events at the Emirates.