Adebayor: From Arsenal slacker to City slicker

Ray Parlour seems to call it about right as he throws his two pennyworth into the mega-millions mix swilling around this morning as Manu Adebayor prepares to join Manchester City.
In this morning’s Daily Star, Parlour has accused the Togo star of lacking the stomach for a fight during his last year at Arsenal.
The redtop shouts: “Ex-Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour says Arsene Wenger has done brilliant business by collecting a whopping £30m for the Togo striker because he was so lazy.
Parlour said: He was too lazy at times last season and just didn’t do it. His body language wasn’t great. He has a big contract, which maybe is because he had a good season the year before – but he needs people behind him getting on his back. Wenger will not stand in his way because they can get a lot of money for him and then get a very good player to replace him. His attitude amazed me at times last season when he just didn’t put it in. Sometimes if things are not going well for you, you have to show desire. At first I heard £30m bandied around, and I’d snap their hand off at that price. Then you go and get an excellent player who will work his socks off.”
It’d be reassuring if he threw a few names in the hat.
The Sun tell us that the five-year deal at Eastlands is worth around £130,000 per week and with the transfer fee that adds up to a ‘staggering’ £60m investment.
The organ does, however, offer a few possible Wenger targets if the move goes through.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger could use the transfer funds to bring in Bordeaux’s Morocco strike ace Marouane Chamakh, it claims.
The Daily Mail argues that Adebayor’s imminent departure proves that the club can’t keep hold of prominent members of the playing staff.
“From Patrick Vieira, through Ashley Cole and Thierry Henry to Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini, Arsene Wenger has been unable to hang on to key members of his squad, whether due to players’ ambitions or their financial demands,” it claims.
But the paper does reason that fans won’t be crying into their beer as the Togolese striker heads for the Emirates exit.
“Adebayor’s flirtation with AC Milan and Barcelona last summer is still fresh in the memory of supporters. And while his previous campaign may have been punctuated by injury, his perceived lack of dedication to the cause, especially in the Champions League semifinal games against Manchester United, left a bitter taste in the mouths of many a Gooner,” it claims.
Love him or loathe him, it seems he is on his way and at least that puts an end to that irritating ‘give him the ball, and he will score’ song.

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