Adebayor: Money is paramount

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has risked the wrath of an already frustrated Gunners support after it emerged all he is interested in at this stage of his career is money.

Arsene Wenger's side have endured another frustrating season at the Emirates Stadium in 2008/09, compounded in the last week by emphatic home defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea. They have now completed four campaigns without picking up a trophy since their 2005 FA Cup triumph at the Millennium Stadium.

The 25-year-old may have scored 16 goals in 37 appearances in 2008/09, but former Arsenal full-back Lee Dixon told The Times on Tuesday that he felt the Togolese front-man did not possess the right attitude and should move on this summer.

And it may now be a view shared by the majority of the North London outfit's support, after it was revealed the former Monaco striker left Africa to play in Europe to boost his bank balance.

Asked last summer by BBC Africa Sport's editor, Farayi Mungazi: ‘How important is money to footballers? A lot of them say it is not about the money. Is that true?’ Adebayor replied, as reported by the Daily Mail:

“It is not true, it is about money.

“When we are young, of course we played because we loved the game, we play because we were passionate about the game.

“But now as soon as you reach a stage where you are professional and playing Champions League, after all those things we are talking about money.

“If it is not because of money, what am I going to be playing for Arsenal for? If it is not because of money I don't think I would go to Arsenal to play. I would stay in my country, I would stay in Lome where everyone loves me.

“If it is not because of money, I would not have come to Europe.”

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