The Player Is Gone, What Now?

Emmanuel Adebayor has left Arsenal for Manchester City. Arsenal fans are right to feel aggrieved by the almost complete turn around the player displayed after a renegotiated contract and significant pay hike. Moreover, last season he showed none of the characteristics that made John Terry suggest that the big striker was the hardest player he had to mark.

It matters little to Arsenal fans today, but people forget that Adebayor is one of only a handful of strikers who’ve scored 30 goals in a single EPL season.

I stumbled across the picture above earlier today. Although I understand why many Arsenal fans wanted the player to go, I feel that the picture is in very poor taste. The player did not want to play for Arsenal and has left. Is that the first time that has happened?

Flamini and Hleb left. Petit and Overmars left.

Liam Brady left Arsenal.

Let’s suppose Adebayor did leave to earn more money. Is there a human being on this planet who would not want to earn more money than they currently make? He didn’t show up last season. That’s the worst thing I can say about the player.

Exxon Mobil Corp. reported a profit of $45.2 billion in 2008. That figure broke the previous record for profits by an American company in a single year which was $40.6 billion, set by the same Exxon Mobil.

Exxon Mobil Corp. and the previous U.S. government administrations who helped facilitate those obscene sums are cunts. Adebayor is a football player from a poor background who is capitalizing on a system that allows him to negotiate pay hikes in consecutive years – the second of which galls Arsenal fans but let’s not forget Villarreal.

When was the last time Exxon Mobil, BP, or any major corporation gifted you anything? At least Adebayor gave us a chance to make two extra Champions League matches’ profit with THAT goal (against Villarreal) in the 1/4 finals.

Call him a cunt if you wish. But do it for the right reason. We must accept that not all players realize what it means to play for Arsenal Fooball Club. We must learn to accept that not every player will stay with us until Wenger decides that they are too old and sells them for a profit. Some will leave before that happens.

And one day it might be a popular player whom we all love that asks to be transferred.

We’ve made Manchester City significantly better. If they sort out their defence and get a real manager, they can be a very dangerous team. The money made from the Adebayor transfer must be used to replace him and to buy another central defender.


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