When Adebayor moved to Man City last week, fans shed few tears. It was much like losing a pet that had once been lovable and adorable but had now become surly and aggressive and was urinating all over your best furniture and demanding £200,000 a week in order for you to be worthy of his petship whilst openly courting interest from Tony down the road who had just had installed a new kennel and has a sizeable supply of Pedigree Chum.
Whilst there’s no question Adebayor is a talented player who’d enjoyed that one excellent season with us the season before last, he was clearly unhappy at the club and £25 million was a more than reasonable price for a by no means irreplaceable player.
However, the possibility/probability/certainty (depending on what has happened in the time since I wrote this and you reading it) of Toure also leaving for City to the tune of £15 million worries me a lot more.
Firstly, considering how threadbare our back line was at times last year with injuries, and given that both Eboue and Senderos also look likely to leave, there’s a danger that the only defender we have left by the end of the window will be Mikael Silvestre and that it could get to the extent that Arsené will be forced into trying to coax Gus Caesar out of retirement.
Secondly, it’ll be another of our better and more experienced players leaving for Man City who, in all honestly, could prove to be a real threat to us this season and another departure will only strengthen them and weaken us.
Still, Thierry Henry, after earlier saying he would never advise anyone to join Spurs, has spoken even more sense when he has said that we should trust Wenger to do the right thing:
‘It is going to be a difficult task for Arsenal this time and it is vital that everyone keeps the faith,
‘The reason I say that is because the boss still has great faith in his players and if there is one man who Arsenal can trust to do the right thing, it’s Arsene Wenger.’
Wise words from Thierry there and I’m sure that despite all of our worries Arsené will allay them over the next season. Hopefully.
Should he actually sell Toure it will say a great deal about his faith in new signing Thomas Vermaelen who can hopefully replace Kolo with the same success as Clichy and Sagna have had replacing Cole and Lauren respectively and also grow 12 feet and develop the ability to fell oncoming strikers just by glaring at them with his cold, dark eyes and his Terry Christian-a-like face whilst single handedly renewing everyone’s interest in the barely mentioned these days country of Belgium thus stimulating its economy and creating a butterfly effect which, in turn, manages to recover the entire globe from the recession. Or something along those lines.
That’s yer lot for today.