London: Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has blasted Emmanuel Adebayor for showing a lack of respect to the manager, the club and fans who made him a star.
“He might be one of the world’s top strikers today, but he wasn’t before Arsene got hold of him and gave him that chance.”
“Arsene puts a lot of investment in you when he sees talent and I don’t think it would hurt for Adebayor to show him, the club and the fans a little more respect,” The Mirror quoted the Barcelona Sriker, as saying.
Following his kick on Robin van Persie’s head, Adebayor has been suspended for three games and he will miss Sunday’s Manchester derby.
Adebayor is also facing action for the 95-yard sprint he made to celebrate in front of Arsenal fans after his goal in City’s 4-1 win.
The Togo striker’s war with the Arsenal fans annoys Henry.
“The fans at Arsenal were great. They were and always will be my family. I never saw them behave badly so to react like they did at the weekend. No matter what Adebayor’s emotions were, he could have earned himself a lot of respect by not celebrating the goal,” he said.
“That would have shown real class, and that to be honest is what most players choose to do when they score against their old clubs. I don’t really understand why he didn’t do that,” he added.
However, Henry evidently seems to have a short memory, since he forgot how he ran the length of the Highbury pitch to celebrate in front of Tottenham fans after a wonder goal against Spurs in 2002.
First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 22:14