Citeh! And The Return Of Greedybayor

Tomorrow we’ll have the return on Emmanuel Adebayor to the Grove in a game we need three points BIG STYLE in the take the pressure off. Like most Gooners I became completely disaffected with his capricious, greedy attitude.
Having allowed his name to be constantly floated in connection with a move to Milan his “loyalty” was rewarded with a big new contract. Having had a great attitude on the field when he first came – I remember particularly him coming on as a substitute at home against Portsmouth and being a BIG part of us pulling out a draw after being two down at half time, as much with his “let’s have a go at them” attitude as his play – his attitude in the last season reeked of Bertie Big Potatoes. Most Gooners of my acquaintance were glad to see the back of him last summer.
That said the reaction he got from some of the Gooner Nation at Eastlands this season was over the top, indeed verged on racism from some. By all means give him the bird. Racism has no place whatsoever at Arsenal (or anywhere else for that matter). I remember coming out of a game last season, walking along Hornsey Road I encountered a half dozen African Gooners speaking in their native language (I don’t know which one I’m afraid), all of a sudden they burst (in English) into the song, “Greedybayor! Give him eighty grand and he’ll just want more!” Class! Made me laugh anyway.
I hope that Kolo Touré gets a good reaction tomorrow. He never gave less than his very best for us, even when he wasn’t playing that well. I’ll always remember his part in The Invincibles team alongside Sol Campbell and his wonderful game, again alongside Campbell, in the Stadio delli Alpi in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final in Turin against Juventus in 2006. It’s unlikely that Sylvinho will play due to injury but he deserves a good reception too if he puts in an appearance. He was a good servant for us. His sudden departure was connected with doubts over his status as a European Union dual national rather than his ability, form or attitude. Tellingly he was registered by Celta Vigo as Brazilian rather than as an EU national.
For us our usual injury woes continue. Andrey Arshavin is out apparently but Alex Song may just make it after a late fitness test. We need all the help we can get at the moment. We can but hope that we manage more tactical discipline than we displayed last week at Wigan.
Keep the faith!

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