Adebayor finally valued as Champions League is set to start

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After his match-winning performance against Tottenham over the weekend, Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is refusing to get too carried away with his side’s excellent start to the season.

Adebayor scored two goals in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over rivals Tottenham, the first a fine header and the second an amazing volley that will surely go close to Goal of the Season. The win pushed Arsenal to the top of the Premiership ladder for the first time in almost three years, but Adebayor was quick to play down his side’s title chances and stressed that the team is focused only Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Sevilla.

“I scored an amazing goal and I’m very happy for that but the most important thing is getting the points from Spurs. Every game we play they call it a test. We feel that as well, but the most important thing is taking it one game at a time. We don’t want to speak about the title, we just want to keep on going.”

Emmanuel Adebayor is not everyone’s cup of teaIt’s good to hear that Adebayor hasn’t let that great goal go to his head. While I believe that the positive start to the season has given Arsenal every chance to challenge for the league, there is no guarantee that this will be the case. I mentioned yesterday that mental attitude will have a massive part to play in who eventually wins the Premiership and it is good to see another example of an Arsenal player who has his mind in the right place. Manager Arsene Wenger also took time out to praise Adebayor for his contribution, suggesting that his presence on the pitch is more valuable than many people realise. 

“Some people have doubts about him, yes. But when he is not in the side you see that a lot of presence goes out of the team. He is a constant threat in the air.”

I totally agree with this one. Regular readers of the blog will know that Adebayor is a firm favourite of mine and there will always be questions about my objectivity when I do speak about him. However, I honestly feel that too many Arsenal fans look at the chances he misses as being more important than the overall contribution he makes to the team. It’s clear through his comments that Wenger understands the value of Adebayor and that is why the big striker has kept Eduardo da Silva out of the starting side so far this season. At this stage, I see no reason why this should change.

Is Wenger placing too much pressure on Theo Walcott?Walcott needs more time

Arsene Wenger also spoke about the progress of another of his young players, Theo Walcott, and suggested that he expects the 18-year-old Englishman to start more impact on the field. Walcott has had a quiet start to the Premiership campaign so far but it is clear from Wenger’s thoughts that he expects more to come from him this season.

“If you don’t get in the team at 18, 19, 20 doubts start. He’s at an age now where you expect him to exert his personality and turn up in big games.”

I have to say that I don’t overly agree with Wenger. My reasons for this can best be summed up by a post I made back in late July when it became clear that Wenger would not be signing another winger to replace the departed Fredrik Ljungberg:

“It seems that Wenger is now relying on a successful season from Theo Walcott and that worries me because he is still so young. Although Cesc Fabregas came on a little earlier than most Arsenal supporters expected him to, a great season from Walcott should be a bonus for the club rather than a necessity.”

Enough said, I think.

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Just to finish up I thought it would be worth mentioning that official Champions League Fantasy Football game has begun for the 2007/08 season. As with the Arsenal FC Blog Fantasy Premier League I have created an Arsenal FC Blog Fantasy Champions League which you can join if you already have a team by clicking on ‘Join a Private League’ and popping in the following code: 148732-24960. The Arsenal FC Blog Fantasy Premier League has over 70 members and it would be great to see similar numbers contesting for the Champions League crown. Maybe someone could even do the double. If you haven’t yet set up a team you can do so by registering here. But you’ll have to be quick because the first matchday starts tonight.

For what it’s worth I usually find the Champions League Fantasy Football more enjoyable than the Premier League one because it’s a little bit less time intesive due to the games being far less frequent and there is more variety in the teams and players that can be selected. Anyway, I hope to see you on there battling it out with the other Arsenal FC Blog readers soon.

Have your say on Adebayor, Walcott and the Champions League by leaving a comment.


15 thoughts on “Adebayor finally valued as Champions League is set to start

  1. If Adebayor stays at Arsenal for as long as Henry I expect big things from him.I think the goal showed that Adebayor is equaly as able to produce a moment of class a Henry was.
    Adebayor-Van Persie
    ARSENAL 3 – SEVILLA 0 !!!!!

  2. 3-0? Wow, that’s confidence. I think your team looks pretty spot on, except perhaps maybe Gilberto will end up playing at centre-back. Nice to hear some positive words about Adebayor as well.

  3. the strikers i STILL think should be adebayor and eduardo. but i also would like to see bendtner get some playing time of course. i don’t think gilberto should play this game. i’m guessing he’s still tired especially as the elderstatesman on the team. he got only a few days rest before the spurs game and now a few days of rest before the sevilla game. and he didn’t look so great against spurs. i really would rather not have senderos play… but… i guess if it’s gotta be that way. and i’d love to see diarra finally get in the lineup in midfield.

  4. Tom – Why do you say that? Arsenal have six wins from seven matches so far and the side is playing well. Until this changes I don’t see any reason why they should be dropped, unless it is to avoid tiredness. Don’t get me wrong, I am a massive fan of Bendtner and he should be used a little more than maybe he has been but to throw out a new combination for what will surely prove to be a very tough Champions League opener would not be the best move.

  5. Austen – Hello again. The evidence is there that Adebayor and Eduardo could be the perfect combination, but like I said to Tom, I wouldn’t change a winning combination unless Wenger thinks van Persie needs a rest. As for your comments about Gilberto and Senderos, it makes for interesting reading. Judging from Wenger’s recent comments on the website, it seems he will be waiting until the last minute to make a decision. My guess would be that he prefers Gilberto but is waiting to see how he is feeling before naming him in the team. Like I said to Tom, I wouldn’t change a winning team and that means I don’t think there is any place for Diarra at this stage. He’ll get his chance though.

  6. I am confident Arsenal will win,not easily but it will be a victory.Sevilla are a good side but so are we.It’s going to be 3-0 to Arsenal,and take from me Jos Asante Arsenal will go unbeaten this season.
    Again Sevilla can never beat Arsenal at Emirates.
    Adebayor-Van Persie
    Subs:Fabianski,Diaby,Eduardo,Walcott,Denilson, Flamini,Diarra.
    ARSENAL 3 – SEVILLA 0 !!!!!!!

  7. i just hope we shut sevilla up, renato, dani alves have been talking a bit too much, i reckon we going to kill them off today. eduardo to score the first goal

  8. Adebayor is doing well and he is now going to continue scoring for Arsenal.

    For today’s team
    Sagna Toure Senderos Clichy
    Hleb Fabregas Gilberto Rosicky
    Adebayor Eduardo

    Arsenal 3 Sevilla 0

    Goals from Rosicky, Fabregas and Adebayor.


  9. It’s great everyone is so confident and positive for todays match. I think a 1-0 win for arsenal will be the result. Also about being unbeaten for the whole season, we did it before, we can do it again!!

  10. We’re conceding way too many goals at the moment to be an unbeaten side (only one clean sheet out of 5 games). Sure, they’ve all been the result of some defensive/goalkeeping screw-up, but at one point or another those blunders are going to cost us a game. We’ve looked incredibly good on attack so far, but we still look capable of conceding at any moment, and would have not won on Saturday against a half-decent side.

    As for Sevilla, they’re definitely going to score, but I think we can put two back and take the game 2-1.

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