Just when you think Emmanuel Adebayor couldn’t make himself any less popular with Arsenal fans, he does this.
The former Gunners striker – who currently turns out for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir – continues to tarnish his image among the red-half of North London, after accusing former Arsenal teammate and cult-hero Tomas Rosicky of being overly injury-prone.
Speaking to So Foot via GFFN about his time with the Gunners, Adebayor said: “I was the strongest player on the team, despite the fact that I weighed 73kg.
“Chelsea had Michael Essien and Michael Ballack in midfield. We had Rosicky.
“If you said as much as ‘how are you’ to him, he would then be injured for two-and-a-half months.”
We all know that Rosicky’s Arsenal career was repeatedly marred by frustratingly-long injuries, with the Czech midfielder missing an eye-watering 990 days in total through rehabilitation.
But he’s still fondly remembered by fans at the Emirates, who dubbed him “Little Mozart” for his effortless ability to orchestrate the middle of the park with flair and style.
Adebayor – who left Arsenal to join Manchester City in 2009, before spells at Real Madrid, Tottenham and Crystal Palace – only spent three fairly under-whelming seasons alongside seldom-seen midfielder.
Rosicky, on the other hand, ended up staying at Arsenal until 2016, before re-joining boyhood club Sparta Prague as a free agent.
And to prove that good things do happen sometimes – he scored 17 minutes into his first Sparta start in 17 years.