Emmanuel Adebayor Nearly Starts Riot In Arsenal Grudge Match

emmanuel adebayor Emmanuel Adebayor Nearly Starts Riot In Arsenal Grudge Match

Emmanuel Adebayor answered his critics in spectacular fashion Saturday afternoon in one of his best performances ever on any football pitch during Manchester City’s incredible 4-2 win against Arsenal.

Adebayor had a lot to prove to Arsenal supporters after he left on bad terms this summer. After scoring a decisive header past the reach of Manuel Almunia, Adebayor showed how incredulous he was by turning and sprinting the entire length of the pitch to dive on his knees in front of the Arsenal supporters and raise his hands in triumph.

I’ve never seen Adebayor run as fast as he did after scoring that goal, but by mocking the Arsenal fans, Adebayor nearly caused a riot as Arsenal fans incensed by Adebayor’s actions threw objects on to the pitch and pushed forward trying to get past the stewards and on to the field. Thankfully, the stewards were able to prevent the Arsenal supporters from breaking on to the pitch.

For Adebayor, it was a stupid move to make. Scoring the goal against his former team and committing Arsenal to defeat should have been enough vindication. But Adebayor wanted to rub Arsenal’s noses in it, which is exactly what he did when he celebrated his goal in front of the away supporters.

Adebayor’s disgraceful behavior aside, this was an incredible performance by both Adebayor and Manchester City in what was the best second half game of the season thus far. Adebayor thoroughly deserved his man-of-the-match award — not only because of his goal — but because of his performance over the entire 90 minutes when he was a deciding factor in defense for City as he headed balls out of City’s box over- and over again. Plus, he went on a incredible dribble down the left side of the pitch leaving three Gunners in his path and slotting the ball to Wright-Phillips only for the City player to shoot the ball agonizingly wide.

Manchester City’s 4-5-1 formation was a perfect antidote to Arsenal’s attack. Adebayor had the game of his life, but Craig Bellamy and Wright-Phillips were also inspirational as well as Shay Given who made several wonderful saves.

Despite the scoreline, Arsenal were impressive and could have easily tied the game. Van Persie hit the post and had a shot that went just past the post. Bendtner should have done better in front of goal. But overall, City deserved to win the match with a performance that will give Manchester United plenty to worry about for the Manchester derby next weekend.

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37 Responses to Emmanuel Adebayor Nearly Starts Riot In Arsenal Grudge Match

  1. Whatever debris that could have clobbered him and caused serious injury, he’d have deserved. Should be a trip to London for Adebayor.

    SB

  2. kirk says:

    actually, man city didnt really even play better than arsenal especially the second half it was all one way, the only reason they one is because they counter-attacked better than we did, trust me if there was 10 mins more of that game we would have came out the victors

    • Subrata says:

      Should have, would have, could have?

    • Uarafool says:

      Rubbish

    • Huh says:

      Take those red glasses off Kirk. All one way traffic except for the 4 goals City scored, and in 10 mins Arsenal would have scored more goals than they could have in 98 don’t tall crap mate. Arsenal had a 15 minute spell in the first half and a 20 minute spell second half the rest was all City by my counting thats 63 to 35 in Citys favor. Ya got well beat! End of.

      • Tim says:

        Funny, because all the statisticians showed 60-40 possession in favor of Arsenal and shot tally in favor of Arsenal.

        Before the game the announcer said “Man City have never lost with Mark Clattenburg in charge” and you lot know that you were “lucky” that Adebayor wasn’t sent off for his disgusting stamp and that Barry wasn’t sent off for his intentional handball in the box.

        I guess Clattenburg wanted to make sure his 100% record remained as well.

        Enjoy the first 4 games of the season, Citeh, there’s 34 still to play.

        • Huh says:

          Possession doesn’t win games Tim, putting the ball in the net at 1 end and keeping them out at the other does. They did nothing with there possession but pass about a bit or have the odd long range shot in desperation they didn’t look like doing anything at all excepted in the 35 I motioned and even then it looked unlikely they would score until they were 3-1 down when there obviously going to throw everything forward but risk getting caught on the break which they did. Arsenal battered Utd last week but still got beat, no doubt there style of play gives the good possession but thats a statistic not a win, a bit like your clattenburg story how many games has he ref’d for city 3? Also RVP is lucky he wasn’t sent off for the 2 footed studs showing lunge that led to his face getting scratched watch your mans great ankle braking tackle on youtube he did not connect but that was his intention so it a sending off (intent to injure is a red), if Ade doesn’t jump his ankle gets snapped! Funny how things can look different when both sides are told isn’t it, but I wouldn’t expect that on here keep up with your City Bashing because it won’t work time will keep passing by, Tick tock tick tock.

    • Adebayor says:

      wat are u talking about u saying arsenal would have scored 2 goals in 10 minutes

  3. Panda says:

    Disgraceful? Yes, but give the guy credit for taking being an asshole to Arsenal fans to new levels.

  4. bal says:

    he actually is a child…..i wish i could say this to him…
    wenger has been continously praising him long after he was gone..he forced a pay rise at arsenal and got it when flamini should have got it……adebayor was quite a useless striker when he came here, developed by wenger to be powerful, better link up play, wenger improved his skills, ball control, headers and passing too i think..

    maybe he just wants to get into the papers like CR…

  5. Jose says:

    I wonder if adebayor is going to get some kind of punishment for the stamping of van persie and the classless inciting arsenal fans.

    Man, this is a tough loss to take. I hope Arsenal can get over it and be ready for the Champions League game Wednesday.

  6. Jeff says:

    Gotta love it. In addition to the dagger in the back of the net that ensured a City victory, a nice little “F You” straight from Adebayor to the Arsenal supporters. Classic.

  7. Matt says:

    As a Spurs fan, I have to say I enjoyed the Arsenal fans singing *that* Adebayor song at him today. It’s only racist when other clubs sing it.

  8. money says:

    The thing is, nobody ever said Adebayor didn’t have the talent to play at Arsenal, therefore he has no reason for vindication. The only reason Arsenal fans disliked him was because: a) he was trying to make lofty moves to other clubs which showed he thought of himself before the team, and b) he stopped playing to his ability once he decided he wanted to be a baby. So is he trying to vindicate that we should have appreciated is selfishness as a player? I don’t get it.

    Adebayor is playing fine now that he feels like he has something to prove. But wait until his ego wears on his new club….

    • Huh says:

      Money,

      He was not trying to move to another club otherwise he would have gone. He was trying to get his wage put to a level that other clubs valued him at, which he did just like Lampard before him and many others before and after him, this is just a new way of players getting their worth. He contained to be booed even after he re-signed and did the kiss the badge thing. So he moved on, maybe he could have seen the booing out maybe it wouldn’t have ended we will never know.

  9. odessa steps magazine says:

    Adebayor got heat like he was a pro wrestler in the 1970s.

  10. Chris says:

    I believe the man can do whatever the hell he wants to. Its the fans that are responsible for thier actions. Not the player.. I remember a time when American Clint Dempsey scored against Chelsea at Craven Cottage and Fulhams goal was at the end of the Chelsea fans. Dempsey scores and he celebrates, and There was fans hollaring at him acting like they want him to come to them and fight them or some stupid shit. These kind of actions thats happening by fans at these games are only hurting England’s bid on the world cup. People on here can and talk shit to me or whatever, i believe im only telling the truth. Maybe he shouldnt have done it…but i think the man can run anywhere on the pitch he wants and celebration wherever on the pitch he wants to.

  11. nikesb says:

    1)RACISM is still ALIVE…sad part is there are black players who still represent Arsenal

    2)Once people take a dislike to a player, nothing that player does is good in their eyes

    3)Adebayor is only a forward(who @ time’s I’ve seen him help out on defense)….there’s no reason to single the guy out…It’s not Adebayor’s fault Arsenal could not defeat Man.United in the Champions League or win the EPL/FA Cup..blame that on poor defending/terrible midfield…. ex) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP5RVvU445Y

    4)RVP instigated the attack when he made a 2footed sliding tackle and Adebayor wrongfully responded…

    5)Not surprised there’s no news reports on the item throwing/racists chants by Arsenal fans

    6)Before the match started Adebayor shook both RVP and Bentdner hand, they refused to acknowledge him

    7)What type of fan would curse there own players….after being hated by fans…how can expect him to give his best all the time?

    8)Were humans…not machines…we have emotions if someone is insulting your family + racist chants…we may react in an irrational manner

    It was a great physical game…I won’t be surprised if both players RVP and Adebayor get suspended

    • money says:

      3) Nobody blamed Adebayor for those things
      4) tackle was potentially dangerous, but executed well. if you think that’s instigation, then i bet you cleat people in the face all the time.
      6) because they know Adebayor is full of himself and doing that for show.
      7) he was not giving his best far before he was hated by most fans. he’s a needy self-centered player and man city will soon find that out.

      • Huh says:

        Money

        4)The tackle was two footed studs showing while sliding at pace this is not only ‘potentially dangerous’ in totally illegal and is a standard straight red full stop.

        6) Your a wee bit bias here aren’t you LOL

        Your other points may have substance I don’t know

  12. El says:

    I think the bigger story is Adebayor’s deliberate strike at Van Persie’s head. If found guilty, he will definitely miss a few games.

    • The Gaffer says:

      I find it amazing how two totally different camera angles of the incident show two different versions of what happened. In one replay, the camera angle shows that Adebayor maliciously stamped his foot out against Van Persie. But in another replay from a different angle, the contact looks completely accidental.

      Again, it’s just more proof that the referee has an almost impossible job to make correct decisions without the aid of TV replays and technology.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Tim says:

        I think he tried to stamp Robin’s hand and in typical fashion, he missed.

      • Huh says:

        Your right but which one is correct? They say the camera never lies but in this case one of them is! The front angle looks like he puts his foot in with pressure or is this change of direction of his foot when it touches RVP’S face? the side shot shows no added pressure. I will say this though if Ade doesn’t jump and his standing leg is still on the floor he has a possible broken ankle and a 100% red card for RVP no shadow of doubt about that. Watch RVP challenge on you tube its a 2 footed sliding studs showing tackle totally illegal. I think there is enough doubt for them not to red card him. (maybe RVP should have issued apologies about his terrible challenge in his totally unprofessional statement on Arsenals website). In all, its a bit sad the anti City nonsense in the papers at the minute especially in Ade’s case, in the end this nonsense will probably see him banned when this sort of incident will happen another 15 to 20 times this season with no commotion at all.

        Ade should not have ran to the away fans to celebrate although this has happened many times before remember Fowler snorting the line at Everton or Tyson waiving the corner flag at the Derby away fans. It doesn’t matter if they boo him or sing racist songs about him he should be more professional (not so human), that’s for the FA to deal with not Ade (not that they will, under the carpet with this 1 as if it never happened).

  13. Blooded Blue says:

    Absolutely disgraceful, to a club that turned him into what he is today. Shows you the man has no loyalty to anyone, the only loyalty he has, is to the dollar-bill. Had he been a Man city player last season and transfered to Arsenal, I believe he would have done the same to the Man City fans. It shows you his true character, probably never will have a better game all season, he wants to think he is bigger than the club, more important, than the orgainization of Arsenal. He is not a team player and it will eventually show if not this season then it will be the next season.

  14. immadoittoit says:

    hahahaha i love it

  15. Ford Prefect says:

    Agree with the Gaffer, at first look I thought the stamp was accidental, but then the other angle made me think he did it on purpose–Think the Stamp on RVP will get him a ban, and rightfully so–As to the celebration, loved it–Sadly many fans think that buying a ticket gives them leave to say/sing any crap they want to-including racial slurs–Adebayor has taken so much crap from Arsenal fans (both as their player and now that he has left) that his celebration IMO was warranted to shut them up–See alot of people complaining about Adebayor, but haven’t seen many people condemning the actions of the idiots in the stands who think it is okay to throw s*** on the pitch–Hoping the jerk who injured the Steward is found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law

  16. Samuel says:

    The ref didn,t see a blatant handball by Gareth Barry in the same game which was clearly a penalty ,so where,s the consistency with refs ? If the ref didn,t see the incident where was the assistant on the near or far side ?Anyway we wait for the expeceted punishment to be meted out to Adebayor and no excuses from Mark Hughes about the length of the ban when it happens.As for Spurs against ten men at home and they still lose 3-1 ,absolute rubbish.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Again, this is another example of how referees are handicapped by not having technology or TV replay. After seeing 3-4 different replays of the Barry incident — many of them in slo-mo — it was STILL difficult to see whether he handled it or not or whether it hit his chest.

      I don’t believe it was blatant. Otherwise we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

    • Huh says:

      A blatant hand ball by Barry? If BALL TO HAND (not hand ball) doesn’t happen then its a goal kick for City so why would Barry purposefully hand ball it 3 ft before it goes off the pitch with no Arsenal players near him? That makes no sense at all talk about clutching at straws. Ya lost fair and square get over it!

  17. JAy says:

    look guy’s you have to think of it like this for a player to do what he did to a club that made them what they are today just shows no class, the goal was good to rub in he did not have to do what he did.

    Think of it like this what would happen if C,RONALDO, did that to MAN,U or any player doing to the club that made them house held names CITY,fans just think of a player that your club made them who they are doing that to you then you can see why where mad at him,,,,

  18. brn442 says:

    Ha-ha, Absolutely brilliant. Player gets sold by his club, takes some (allegedly racial) abuse by their so-called fans, scores a blinder, then goes and sticks it to them – Brilliant. Best moment since Fowler’s snorting incident.

    • Huh says:

      No Henry did it in-between these two incidents. Arsenal fans won’t mention it even though they know it happened because it makes there point look well, a bit pointless to say the lest.

      But I will say if Ade gets a ban for this celebration every opposing fan in the country will want to start a mini riot if the opposing player upsets them slightly with his celebration because he could get a ban. Think about it! Although he’ll probably get a ban for the tackle as its has turned into a witch hunt and the FA are notoriously worried of what the press say and think they should act on popular opinion.
      Whether u like it or not RVP’s lead into the tackle was just as bad! (2 footed studs showing flying tackle) the only difference is he missed a big difference granted though, RVP has shown he no stranger to terrible tackles in the past.

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