It’s Manchester City tomorrow and what an interesting game it looks to be.
City are chasing fourth in the league, we have work to do to ensure we finish third in the league while Emmanuel Adebayor returns to The Emirates for the first time since his move to Manchester.
Long-time readers of the blog will know that I once classed Adebayor as my favourite player. I backed him up when others talked him down and when he made the move to City, it really impacted on me as a football supporter.
If Dennis Bergkamp was the one who got me interested in women and Freddie Ljungberg was my first true love, then Adebayor was the first girl who broke my heart, who really messed me over. The one who made me wake up and realise that I was naive, that the football world could be harsh and that my judgment wasn’t as perfect as I thought.
As if to drive home my feeling when he played Arsenal earlier in the season he had a dig at Cesc Fabregas, stamped on van Persie’s head and raced the entire length of the pitch to celebrate in front of and aggravate our supporters. I will never forget Adebayor for these actions and whatever team he plays in, for the rest of his career, I will always cheer against him.
I want nothing more than to beat van Persie and City tomorrow, but the problem is that we are still missing a lot of good players.
A quick look at Arsene Wenger’s comments from the press conference suggests that we will playing an identical team to the one that lost at Wigan, with only Alex Song a chance to return from the injury list. The manager also calls Johan Djourou “a little chance” to feature but it will essentially be the same side that crumbled so badly last week.
Whether we can win tomorrow or not I really don’t know. But in front of the home crowd, with the Adebayor business on everybody’s mind I will be absolutely furious if our players don’t give it their all tomorrow afternoon.
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