Emmanuel Adebayor's antics at the weekend were totally embarrassing;
he made a complete fool of himself.
Arsenal did to help make him a star, he threw it all back in their face with a
show of utter disrespect.
To run the length
of the pitch to taunt the away fans after scoring for Manchester City
was outrageous and dangerous.
He incited the
crowd and the FA should clamp down on him hard. The fans were not blameless but
you simply cannot provoke them like that. It could have ended in a riot.
the fans for driving him out of Arsenal, but he would never think to look at
It was he who Arsenal
plucked out of relative obscurity in France, who publicly linked himself
and AC Milan, who signed a fat new contract at Arsenal, who failed to deliver last
season, and who often looked uninterested in games.
No wonder the
fans wanted rid of him. They were paying a huge amount to fund his luxurious
lifestyle and he was not giving them anything like value for money.
If I were a Manchester City fan I would be concerned that he
might do the same thing to them. He has made a good start as far as scoring
goals in concerned, but will he have the determination to knuckle down when
things are not going so well? I doubt it.
He was bound to
get abuse from the visiting supporters on Saturday, but he needed to be
professional and just get on with it.
out of 100, players do not celebrate scoring against their former club as a
show of respect. Adebayor didn't
just celebrate - he went out of his way to rub Arsenal's
noses in it.
I have never seen
anything like it, and it sums him up; petulant, selfish and stupid.
His alleged stamp
on Robin van Persie and Arsenal's
furious reaction to it hints at some bad blood between those two.
It is hardly
surprising. Van Persie is very focused, very driven, and he wants to win
trophies. He is an achiever.
He would have
been unimpressed if Adebayor was not pulling his weight, and being a typically
honest and direct Dutchman, he would have let him know about it.
I am a big fan of
Van Persie's, and although he
appears arrogant I think it is the right kind of arrogance - he is a born
winner and will do what it takes to succeed, unlike his former striker partner.
Adebayor has natural
ability to become one of the best foreign players to have come to the Premier
League, but at the moment he is way down the list.
And judging by
his actions at the weekend I don't
see that changing.