Emmanuel Adebayor explains why he 'hates' Arsenal - and explains that celebration

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Emmanuel Adebayor has had quite an incredible career.

How many other players can say they’ve played for the likes Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham during their career? Well, just him probably.

But the 33-year-old didn’t always get on with everyone at each club and often left clubs on bad terms.

That was certainly the case when he swapped Arsenal for Manchester City.

The Togo international left the Emirates for the Etihad in the summer of 2009 for £25 million after spending three-and-a-half seasons in north London.

A few months later, he was scoring against his former side.

And how did he celebrate?

By sprinting the length of the pitch to knee-sliding in front of the travelling supporters, of course.

But why did he do it?


Well, Adebayor has just explained his celebration in an interview on sports show ‘Beyond The Game’ on Turkish channel TRT World, per the Mirror.

“What was going through my head? A prisoner is out. A prisoner is free," he said.

"I play for the club for three and a half years. They bought me for three or four million they sold me for 27 million they still calling me names. They are still telling me I leave for money?

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"You bought me for three million I still have five years of contract and you let me go for 20 million more and you are telling me I am the one leaving for money and abusing me.

“You can insult me no problem, but telling me my father washes elephants?

“I am not taking that so it was just to show them that the person you are insulting still has something in his locker.”

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But it wasn’t just the Arsenal fans that Adebayor was angry with. It seems he wasn’t exactly impressed with Arsene Wenger after the move went through.

"I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger in his office when he told me I had to leave because he doesn't see my future any more in Arsenal. I have to move on in my life," Adebayor added.

“I was like 'I'm going to stay.' He was like 'no there is not even a fight organised. We are not going to organise any fight for you. You move out or you stay here and don't play any games.'

“So I didn't have any other choice than joining Man City which I was very happy to join.

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“And the next day when I joined Manchester City I saw him doing a press conference in London saying that I wanted to leave because the money was big and everything and since that day that is where the hate for Arsenal came from.

“Even today when I watch them play I want them to win but at the same time I want them to lose because the anger in me is too big.”

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