The summer of 2009 saw Arsenal's new striking star unceremoniously quit the club in favour of a £25m move to Manchester City.

After scoring an impressive 62 goals in 142 games for the Gunners, Emmanuel Adebayor couldn't resist the temptation of joining the Qatari revolution in Eastlands and agitated until Arsene Wenger reluctantly let him go.

Such an acrimonious departure annoyed the Gunners faithful no end and left him with very few friends in north London.

Adding insult to injury, the controversial character seemingly burned his bridges with Arsenal on Saturday 12 September 2009 after running the length of the field to celebrate after scoring against his old club for City.

Stewards struggled to hold fans back as countless fizzy drinks and chairs flew towards the Togolese striker.

The act inspired hatred and symbolised the end to a once beautiful relationship between Arsenal and the Togolese international.

Much to the new amusement of Arsenal fans, Adebayor's City career didn't work out.

He was drowned out by the ever revolving door of world-class talent at the Etihad stadium and shipped out on loan after two seasons.

Real Madrid didn't want him but, last summer, Tottenham were convinced to pay £5m to Manchester City and meet Adebayor's £175,000-a-week pay demands to sign him permanently after impressing during a loan spell.

But new manager Andre Villas-Boas wasn't convinced by Adebayor's ability and took every chance not to play him.

Thanks to a lack of options up top, he played more than Villas-Boas would have wanted, yet scored just five goals in the Premier League.

He is now reportedly training with the reserves with seemingly no future at White Hart Lane.

So should Arsenal try to re-sign their former hero?

There is no doubt that Arsenal need a striker. Only Olivier Giroud and the previously exiled Nicklas Bendtner are available to the Gunners at the moment with the latter looking unfit for first-team football at any level, let alone for a Premier League title contender.

Adebayor would come for next to nothing and, if Wenger can inspire him back to his best form, could be a bargain.

He may have severed his ties with the club but the same could be said of Mathieu Flamini, who left the club high and dry for nothing after Wenger had rescued his career from mediocrity at Marseille.

Flamini returned for free this summer and could be considered the bargain of the summer, playing in every Premier League game since signing with impressive results.

If Adebayor, 29, wants to salvage his prime years in the game, he needs to get his head down and start working hard again.

His best playing days were for Arsenal and Wenger can take the credit for that. He can guide Adebayor back to his best giving Adebayor some much needed redemption, Arsenal the striker they so desperately need and ridding their north London rivals of an unwanted drain of the club's resources.

It's best for all parties. Wenger, sign him up.

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