Former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has today taken to social media to refute quotes attributed to him regarding Tomas Rosicky.
Adebayor, now 33, lined out for Arsenal from 2006 to 2009, showcasing regular brilliance and a penchant for the spectacular on his way to netting 62 goals across all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s men.
However, he departed the club in acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 2009, swapping the Emirates for Premier League rivals Manchester City in a move that was slated by fans of the Gunners.
The fractured relationship between the Togolese international and the supporters of his former club was strained further when he famously ran the length of the Etihad pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal faithful after netting his side’s 4th goal during a Premier League clash just months after joining the Citizens.
And, if there were any Gunners supporters who remained on the fence regarding Adebayor, then he surely burned his final bridges this week, when quotes came to the fore from an interview that the African had held with French outlet So Foot, regarding former teammate Tomas Rosicky:
‘Chelsea has Essien and Ballack in midfield, we had Rosicky. If you said as much as ”how are you” to him, he wold be injured for months!’
Rosicky, who played alongside Adebayor for 3 seasons, is viewed as something of a cult hero amongst Arsenal’s supporters, despite the incessant injury problems endured by the Czech during his time in North London.
Adebayor has faced understandable backlash in relation to his unnecessary comments over the last couple of days, with the character of the 80-time capped international having been called into question for the umpteenth time in his career.
However, the former Real Madrid and Tottenham loanee has since taken to Twitter to categorically deny the quotes attributed to him regarding Rosicky, taking aim at Goal.com for ‘completely inaccurate’ claims:
SEA, please @goal dig more before posting stuff on your page. This statement is completely inaccurate. I have full respect for all former clubs and former teammates. Thank you 👍🏿 pic.twitter.com/iQSGEmSybt
— Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) November 20, 2017
Goal, for their part, quickly snapped back at Adebayor’s accusation by explaining that their quotes came via a direct translation of his interview with So Foot:
Hi Emmanuel. These are direct, accurately translated quotes from your interview with So Foot magazine. Did this interview not happen? pic.twitter.com/kXCnwC7rvG
— Goal (@goal) November 20, 2017
Unsurprisingly, Adebayor is yet to respond.