Date: 14th December 2007 at 9:09am
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I think it’s safe to say that Emmanuel Adebayor’s performances have not been quite up to scratch of late, and despite being the league’s top scorer, some fans are calling for him to be dropped.

Ferocious debate has been taking place in the Vital Arsenal forums, some members backing Ade and his abilities, others calling for the highly respected Nicklas Bendtner to take his place.

Nicky B, as the big Dane is becoming affectionately known, is not short of supporters of his ability, indeed the person who thinks most highly of Bendtner is, well Nicklas Bendtner, but is he ready to make the step up to first choice striker?

Lets see what our members think.

Someone with their feet firmly in the Ade camp is VA’s super_gooner.

As I’ve said before, I like Bendtner but you just cannot drop Ade. Top scorer in the league, praised as ‘world class’ by Billy Davies, and he gives us a lot more options. Bendtner’s time will come but not against Chelsea, a game which could partially decide our fate this season. Give the guy a break, please. A couple of bad performances and some of you want him out the door! Sp*rs get this every week. I’ve learnt to be patient from Henry and Ade when they first came and I will continue to do so. Never doubt Arsene Wenger!

G4L is rather more forceful in his support of the big Togan.

Adebayor: Premier League top scorer, 9 goals. Has won us numerous games, scored against all the big clubs in big games, and has been playing ALONE up front for large part of the season (since RvP’s injury). Eduardo and Theo have not done much to ease the pressure off. A player who opposing defenders detest playing.

Bendtner: a talented 19 yr-old whose greatest achievements are 10 goals in championship, couple in CC, and a bunch in reserves league. Also has a few for Denmark. Done well when coming off the bench a couple of times.

Inchpractice thinks that Manu’s goal tally has been falsified somewhat by a good showing against whipping boys, Derby.

Well if that world renowned genius Billy Davies says he’s world class then he must be. Please please stop bringing up the fact that he’s top scorer in the league everyone! It drives me mad. He’s only up there because he scored a hatrick against Derby – a team who’ve conceded 32 goals in about 15 games. By the end of the season everyone and his gran will have scored a hatrick against Derby and probably be called world class by Billy Davies.

Besides which that top scorer league only tells part of the story. Ade’s goals disguise his missed chances and messed up assists. And by the way no-one on this thread said that we want him out the door. This thread is about starting Bendtner not sacking Ade.

I think he should be started asap, I know it’s brave but maybe even against Chelski. Ade looks knackered and if Bendtner is getting no joy we can always sub him for Ade or someone.
Bendtner just looks so much sharper at the moment.

While rdcgunner thinks that the 3 points is the most important thing, and Ade’s current form is not good enough to keep him in the first team.

You people seem to lose sight of what is really important…and that is the results, those 3 points at the end of every game. It doesn’t matter if you are world class (which is not the case here) but what really matters is how the player is doing at the moment , his current form. That should be one of the most important criteria in selecting a line up IMO. So in that perspective which do you think should be selected for the Chelsea game?

I voted for Bendtner simply because I believe that he could do better then Ade with less service from midfield, also he can win more headers and even create chances for himself. Ade has been low on morale for some games now and it won`t do him any good playing against a defence like Chelsea`s .


So who do you agree with? Should Ade be dropped? Has Bendtner done enough to get his chance?

I’ll tell you my opinion later 😉