Adebayor: Fans forced me out

18 August 2009 09:12
Striker Emmanuel Adebayor has hit out at Arsenal fans for their lack of support and insists new club Manchester City will see the best of him. Adebayor joined City from the Gunners in a £25million deal last month and scored his first goal for his new club on his competitive debut during Saturday's 2-0 win at Blackburn Rovers. The Togo striker's relationship with Gunners fans soured last season following his flirtation with a move to AC Milan and Adebayor claims the cold shoulder treatment he received led him to move on to the City of Manchester Stadium. "As a footballer, when you know that the club and the fans are behind you, it makes you want to give 100 per cent - and that is what happened on Saturday," he told the Manchester Evening News. "It was very difficult for me at Arsenal. When I got the ball and tried to score a goal, even at home, the fans were still booing. That is something you cannot imagine. "Now I am happy to be at a club where everyone loves me. The criticism I got at Arsenal was unfair. Clubs like AC Milan and Barcelona were in for me, but the fans could not understand why that happened. "I don't know if they think I am a poor player, but the important thing for me was to change clubs. That is all behind me now. I achieved a lot of things there and my record is not bad at all. "In my three years there I learned a lot, but now I am a City player and that is where my focus lies. When I have the fans behind me I will always give 100 per cent."

Source: ESA