Man City v Arsenal

Adebayor slams Arsenal fans

September 12, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has launched a scathing attack on the supporters of his former club Arsenal, claiming that they are "not real fans".

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The Togo striker swapped the Emirates for Eastland's during the summer and the two sides meet in Premier League action on Saturday afternoon, with Adebayor expected to get a rough ride from the Gunners' travelling support.

Adebayor was often booed during his final year at the Emirates Stadium for a perceived lack of commitment to the club and mercinary tendandcies.

"What is good at City is the fans. They love you. Arsenal have a lot of fans who are not fans," Adebayor said. "Arsenal have fans from America and Jamaica. Today they are Arsenal fans, tomorrow they will be Liverpool fans, after tomorrow they will be Manchester United fans.

"If you boo your player every weekend, I am very sorry, you are not true fans. It hurt me a lot. That was the most difficult moment of my career."

Adebayor also lashed out at former Arsenal team-mate Nicklas Bendtner, with whom he enjoyed a famously stormy relationship during their time together.

"Nicklas had a very easy route. He had the chance to be in the Arsenal academy, the chance to be an international for Denmark," he added. "Football doesn't stop there. You are young, you have to learn. No matter what quality you have, you have to listen to people, let people help you be good.

"If Cristiano Ronaldo had gone to Manchester United and thought 'I'm good', he would not have become the best player in the world.

"He worked with the United players, tried to adapt his style. Those United players made him big, Nicklas just thinks he can make himself big."

Recalling one particular incident, which ended in a physical confrontation against Tottenham last January, he said: "Nicklas showed me the finger. I am sorry, you cannot show your partner the finger."