Football FanCast columnist
Rob Facey wonders if Arsenal fans have forgiven Emmanuel Adebayor
for his flirtation with other clubs in the summer?
As Arsenal prepare for the visit of
Tottenham tomorrow, Emmanuel Adebayor will be hoping to continue the
form that saw him come off the bench and win the game for the Gunners
at Upton Park on Sunday.
Adebayor replaced Theo Walcott and
forced an own goal before sealing victory in the final minute as Arsenal
kept the pressure on the top of the Premier League.
But how do Arsenal fans feel about
the Togo striker after a summer of flirting with Milan and Barcelona,
giving contradictory press conferences and generally testing the patience
of all associated with the club?
At one stage it looked as if he would
spearhead a new exodus after the club had already seen Hleb and Flamini
pack their bags and up sticks.
So, with Spurs in town, do fans trust
the striker to produce the goods?
With Walcott now developing into the
type of player that will scare opposition defenders across the globe,
is Adebayor feeling the pressure at the Emirates? Is this what it takes
to produce big-game performances?
In a week that has seen Harry Redknapp
leave Pompey to join Spurs, only to publicise his desire to bring with
him Jermain Defoe, a player he originally bought from Tottenham, is
club loyalty a thing of the past?
Was Adeabyor entitled to test the waters
and see which clubs took the bait in the summer? After all, aren't
modern footballers just slaves trying to make an honest wage?
Cristiano Ronaldo's disinterested
displays at United this season hint at the fact he is still dreaming
of the warmer climate of Madrid, although this might be associated with
the clubs slow start to the season. Reports today were that he may now be happy at united?
So what do Arsenal need to do to keep
Adebayor interested this season? Or are fans past caring about their
players and their egos?
A rejuvinated Tottenham will undoubtedly
cause Arsenal problems tomorrow night; have the Emirates crowd forgiven
the striker for his antics in the summer, or would one more match winning
display do the trick?