Connect with us


Emmanuel Adebayor: The Sprint of Self-Deception

Britain Soccer Premier League

It’s a feature of human nature that we are quick, in the heat of the moment, to see our point of view over another’s.  However, the mature person is able to see, after some introspection, the extent to which he is culpable.

Professional athletes often lack this maturity.

The lore of Emmanuel Adebayor includes tales of playing football barefoot on dirt fields as a youth in his homeland of Togo.  When he first donned an Arsenal kit, he was quick with a smile, and, though gangly and awkward, soon found his way into the first team.  An away goal at Old Trafford in a 1-0 victory put him in the hearts of many Gooners, and  after his mentor and goal-celebration dance partner, Thierry Henry, left for the Blaugrana, it was Ade who was to strike fear into opposing defenses in Henry’s stead.

But 30 goals in a season that saw Arsenal come agonizingly close to reclaiming the Premiership planted a sour seed in Adebayor’s agent’s mind.  As Arsene Wenger would say in Ade’s defense, it was his agent who put Milan or Barca in his mind.  It was the influence of others that turned a fan favorite into Greedybayor.

And while Wenger had no choice but to defend his star striker, he also doubled his wages in order to stave off continental suitors.  And while this was certainly a sacrifice–at least financially–on the Togolese’s part, he never allowed himself to admit that supporters would need time and incentive to love him again.  Because when rumors were coming thick and fast, Adebayor was conspicuously silent.  It wasn’t until very late in the transfer window that he finally claimed undying loyalty to the Gunners’ cause.

But despite the fact that his goal celebration would newly include badge kissing in front of the home fans, he was still booed, and this led to his lack of effort on a weekly basis.  Which, in turn, led to a lack of production, and subsequently a lack of camaraderie with his team.  Because one thing that was evident at Eastlands on Saturday was that when Adebayor wants to play, he is the complete package.  Whereas last season, his number of offsides was staggering, against Arsenal and with a newfound dedication, it was his work rate that impressed.  Alongside Craig Bellamy, the City strikers gave a clinic in defending from the front.  Fortuitous at times, and certainly on the back foot for a chunk of the game, City was lifted first by the Welshman and then by Adebayor, who must have loved the opportunity to score against his old team.

His celebration, however, involved sprinting to the opposite side of the pitch to taunt the Arsenal fans, by whom he was made to feel so aggrieved.  And it was that marathon across the field that showed everyone that Adebayor is unwilling, and quite possibly unable, to acknowledge his part in all of this.  No one at Arsenal, fans or otherwise, would ever argue that Adebayor is an exceptional talent with the ability to score practically at will.  All Gunners fans would have wanted from Adebayor is for him to win back their affection with hard work and goals.  In the opinion of a greedy, self-deceiving Togolese who forgot those barefoot days of his youth, that was simply too much to ask.

He can only hope that early form is a reliable indicator of the table come May.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $69.99/mo. for Entertainment package
  • Watch World Cup, Euro 2024 & MLS
  • Includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 + local channels
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more


  1. Huh

    September 14, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Guess what, Greater Manchester Police received several complaints during the game that they are looking into at the moment regarding RVP’s goal celebration after he scored apparently he ran over to the home fans to right of the goal when his own fans were only on the left and behind of the goal!! screaming F*** YOU F*** YOU F*** YOU to the City fans their were young children in the area hence the complaints. So I checked it myself in highlights and guess what he doe’s it. Brilliant!! I guess Ades not the only 1 with a private agenda. It just gets better and better what do these numpty Arsenal fans say now!!! is this acceptable? and guess what none of the City supporters threw anything or tried to get at him on the pitch. Classic stuff!!!!

    • Huh

      September 14, 2009 at 6:27 pm

      Point taken boss

  2. vspot

    September 14, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Outstanding last point there, Rodney. The Chelsea fans didn’t treat John Terry the way the Arsenal fans treated Adebayor when he literally did exactly the same thing. He let the rumors fly about him going to another team for more money so he could sign a new contract for more money. Aside from Terry this happens all the time in football.

    The simple fact is that Ade banged in 30 goals for Arsenal and wanted a raise which he deserved because he wasn’t getting paid even close to as much as the other top scorers in the league. I know many of you think that this makes him seem greedy because he’s already a millionaire so does he really need to ask for more money? Purely on the basis of lesser players getting paid more, yes he’s justified in asking for more money. That’s how it goes in any profession, football salaries just happen to have a lot more zeros involved. In actuality Ade was more justified because Terry was already one of the richest footballers in England when he pulled his stunt so who’s the greedy bastard now?

    As for what happened at the weekend, regardless of the treatment he was getting from the Arsenal players and fans, stamping on an opponents face is flagrantly unacceptable and he should be banned 3 games (not for life, you muppets). My first reaction to him sliding in front of the Arsenal fans was like most everyone elses (what a c***). And it’s not the same as Henry sliding in front of the Spurs fans bc Henry never played for them. But now I’ve come to realize he really was fully justified in doing that after all the schtick he got from Arsenal players and fans. And it’s not like he mooned them or anything so get over it.

  3. Rodney

    September 14, 2009 at 10:59 am

    So how come no one spoke about John Terry’s silence in this same manner when there were rumours about him going to City?? Please!! That’s what I can’t take with the English…HYPOCRISY!! It’s the same with diving..the foreigners are ALWAYS the bad guys..but the English are “too honest?” LAUGHABLE!

    • Huh

      September 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

      I’ve brought this point up myself it also happened with Lampard and Ferdinand and many others, but English HYPOCRISY? you wouldn’t be a Jock Would u? just something a Jock would say. Foreigners is rather general isn’t it they were never all the bad guys Rooney plainly dives as do other English players but it had become a bit of an art in Italy and I do remember Robbie Fowler being awarded a penalty against Arsenal and telling the ref it was not! giving him no option but to cancel it now that is too honest.

  4. nikesb

    September 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Thank God Adebayor is healthy enough to play another game…had he not jumped…his career would have been done

  5. Huh

    September 13, 2009 at 5:50 pm


    You are the biggest prick on here. Your opinions are crap and bias as hell and make no sense. Why are u so bitter to City u retard. Man utd fans and City fans generally get on fine in Manchester it’s not how you seem to think it is son! there is a bit of camaraderie but in friendly banter your comments are just crap you need to support Rangers or Celtic you knob! Sorry if anyone thinks this is a bit strong but this nugget is always typing these nonsensical bitter attacks and deserves it!

  6. Tyson

    September 13, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Adebayor is a miracle really. Who knew excrement could walk and talk.

    That man deserves so much worse than he is currently getting there isn’t much I wouldn’t wish on him.

    You are talking about a sport that runs centuries old being represented by money hungry disrespectful scumbags. If this is what football has become I can’t wait to see what people look back and say about this sport in 40 years.

    What he did to Van Persie in particular was wrong. Players do lose their tempers and act out turn but lashing out in that way with no provocation means he did it intentionally and in the right mind of frame.

    I hope he gets banned for life that kind of bs is completely and utterly unacceptable in any sport.

  7. Jay

    September 13, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Lets get one thing straight, a couple hundred Arsenal fans at the Manchester City game do not represent ALL Arsenal fans.

  8. Sam Hiser

    September 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Very well-said, Richard.

    I can’t believe I’m defending the man who stamped vPersie, who ran more than he did in his last month at Arsenal — altogether — to taunt the Gooner fans. I would not defend the behavior, but only attempt to understand.

    Greed is a subjective matter. Ade is a participant in a marketplace where price is discovered through many forces — some simple, others complex. It is unfair to say a player who is discovering his value is greedy. He may be as surprised as many of us at his own level of achievement. I think this is why he is sore at Arsenal, and particularly the component in the stands.

    Now, unquestionably, the FA should sit him for at least two matches for the clear nastiness he delivered upon vPersie.

  9. nikesb

    September 13, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    thanks for bringing that up LI Matt…some fans choose to have selective memory

  10. LI Matt

    September 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    His celebration … involved sprinting to the opposite side of the pitch to taunt the Arsenal fans, ….

    He picked that up from his mentor Henry (to give one example off the top of my head: his goal against Spurs in 2006, the last-ever North London Derby at the old Highbury).

  11. eric konan

    September 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    please barefoot i don’t think so

  12. pookie

    September 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

    We will see how Man City fans feel about him once he gets the bug to move on or feels slighted by their fans.

    Adebayor is a great talent, but will he undermine his legacy by pouting, dogging it, and seeking out money?

    I point to Tevez, an incredibly talented player who has left nothing but bad feelings and hostility in his wake. Where ever he is, it’s not good enough. Not enough playing time, not enough respect, not enough money–whatever. Will Adebayor follow the Tevez model or has he found a home? Five games into the season isn’t enough to judge on.

    • Huh

      September 13, 2009 at 5:39 pm

      Couldn’t careless if he moves on next year because they have that much money they will just sign another top player, City are in a very privileged position!

  13. Matt

    September 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

    So why can Arsenal fans sing these types of songs, but not Tottenham fans, who were taken to court for singing similar songs last year?

  14. Matt

    September 13, 2009 at 1:28 am

    So Arsenal fans can sing racist songs at him and he should be vilified for sliding in front of them?

    What’s worse, targeting someone for being African or sliding?

    • Kevin_Amold

      September 13, 2009 at 10:44 am

      He’s the professional. Fans are not.

      • Huh

        September 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm

        The Arsenal fans behaviour should not be excepted in modern times (or supposedly not) yet it was yesterday it was, not one bad word against the Arsenal fans in the press, just how hard done by they were by Ade, unbelievable! Kevin no matter how Professional a man is he should not be subjected to this kind of shit. The club should be looking at a fine for it’s fan behaviour but the FA will ignore what happened and concentrate on the celebration.To me looking back Ade’s actions seem like a like a celebration against a bunch of fascists (I have only just heard these chants today), and shame on the British media for not even mentioning this disgraceful behaviour they are only interested in giving it to the rich club. ‘Let’s Kick Out Racism’ my arse. Well done Arsenal fans you must feel proud.

        • justin

          September 13, 2009 at 2:55 pm

          its not just the celebration that pissed the fans off. did you even see his “accidental stomp” on van persie or his dirty tackle on fabregas? most of his actions were pre-meditated which is the most frustrating part about this and his vendetta against the fans. i do agree though that the racist songs are disgraceful but of course they only get noticed when the fans of arsenal sing it, after-all tottenham fans made the song and sang it regularly towards him and no one mentioned it.

          • The Gaffer

            September 13, 2009 at 3:07 pm

            I think it’s important to note that Arsenal footballers weren’t saints in this game either. Plenty of them were giving it back to Adebayor. Song, in particular, made a rough challenge on Adebayor which resulted in the ref having a few words with the Arsenal player.

            The Gaffer

          • Huh

            September 13, 2009 at 5:33 pm

            For gods sake his ‘accidental stomp’ was a split second after RVP’s terrible 2 footed lunge at him which will happen again many times in the coming season call it bad karma whatever.

            No, it was noted when Spurs fans sang it, they countered with Arsenal’s anti Semitism chants and as usual the FA did FA (fuck all) but this is currently being discussed by the Manchester police and Manchester Utd in regards the up coming derby game and stopping the chants which I do believe the Utd fans are not that sad.

  15. Oliver Gaspard

    September 13, 2009 at 1:16 am


    I’m not going to say who was right or wrong between Ade and the fans while he was still on the books at Arsenal, but there is no denying he was the guilty party yesterday. I think the article is spot on when it speculates that Adebayor is incapable of seeing what he did wrong. It doesn’t matter which club you support, anybody with any sense of right and wrong can see the Adebayor is at fault. He completely embarrassed himself with his actions against Arsenal.

  16. nikesb

    September 13, 2009 at 1:07 am

    it goes back to “fake & fickle fans” who insult there players as if he raped his/her mother…why would any player want to continuously be verbally i’m sure if given the opportunity physically assaulted by the club’s fans?
    Anyone with a brain would not want to work in such a condition

    I’m not even going to touch on the brochure that also insulted Nwanko Kanu…which makes me wonder if it’s personal or legitimate

    The more insults = more motivation…so please test him and he’ll have a 30 goal season…African players are known for having a chip on their shoulders and excel in these situations

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in General

Translate »