Emmanuel Adebayor is closing in on a transfer to Manchester City today, with the medical completed there is just the need for his work permit to be approved onÂ a deal reported to be worth 25 million pounds.Â
As he has been in England since January 2006, it has come as a surprise that the Togo striker has to secure a work permit, but nothing ever seems straight forward with the former Monaco hitman.
Arsenal are set to make over 20 million pounds profit on Adebayor and this is yet another example of Arsene Wenger’s incredible ability to play the transfer market to the Gunners’ benefit.
Whilst last summer’s antics andÂ the now infamous Football Focus interview angered Arsenal fans, Adebayor put in some fine performances and besides the wacky dancing left some indelible moments that will live long in the memory.
There is also no doubt that Adebayor could well be a major hit at Eastlands, alongside the likes of Robinho, Tevez and Ireland, Mark Hughes has at his disposal an attacking strike force that is good enough to challenge for the Premier League title. If City can get Adebayor firing again, we could well see the Togo striker performing like he did two seasons ago rather than the player we saw in the most recent campaign.
Below is our choice for the top five goals scored by Emmanuel Adebayor, in order of quality (feel free to disagree),Â during his Arsenal career.
It is worth noting just how special some of these strikes were, including the MOTD 2007/2008 goal of the season and also his propensity to score against north London rivals Tottenham (eight goals in his last eight games against Spurs).
1. Emmanuel Adebayor v Tottenham (Premier League, September 15, 2007)
2. Emmanuel Adebayor v Villareal (Champions League, April 7, 2009)
3. Emmanuel Adebayor v Newcastle (Premier League, December 5, 2007)
4. Emmanuel Adebayor v West Ham (Premier League, January 1, 2008)
5. Emmanuel Adebayor v Tottenham (Carling Cup, January 22, 2008)