With all the recent transfer talk about Adebayor flaring up again after Dzeko shut to door to Milan, the topic of Adebayor is a very hot topic for anyone who opposes the majority opinion of selling Adebayor.
The Past (2006-2008)
When Adebayor came to Arsenal back in 2006, I wasn't as big of a fan as I am now, so all I have to go on is reviews, articles, and other such things that I can scrounge up. Basically, Adebayor, dubbed Baby Kanu, won the hearts of Arsenal fans all over through his tireless efforts in game, his brilliantly bright smile, and his knack for scoring.
His contributions in major games made him instrumental in much of Arsenal's drive to silverware, even though that drive didn't seem to take us far enough. His ability in the air as well as his work rate as the big man to hit up top made him irreplaceable, especially after the departure of Henry.
His career can be said to have been at its pinnacle during the 2007-08 season, where he scored an amazing 30 goals in all competitions. His qualities that fans loved shone even more and made him all the better for them. His work rate and end product proved to be brilliant and that is when his meagre price-tag of £3.5m when we bought him jumped to £30m.
Then the summer of 2008 came.
The Present (2008-2009)
During the summer, being the new hot prospect for big teams, mainly Barcelona and Milan, Adebayor decided to stay at the Emirates, but used his fame as leverage to gain a massive pay raise. Signs of an over-inflated ego began to show and his performance during the 2008-09 season suffered greatly.
Apparently assuming that he didn't need to work as hard since he was the new hot-shot, he racked up an impressive 44 offsides in the Premier League alone. His inability to hustle like previous seasons made him a sub-par player that people began to turn on as the season progressed.
Barely breaking half of the goal count of his previous season, most Arsenal fans agree that it is time to let Adebayor go onto Italian fields, far away where he cannot affect us with his dismal performances.
With Adebayor being their new No. 1 target now that Dzeko has been proclaimed as "not for sale," Milan has reportedly set their sights on him for a bid ranging around £25m-£30m.
The Future (2009-?)
This is where my personal opinions kick in.
Up until recently, I was part of the mob of people calling for Adebayor to be sold off while we can still make a decent profit on him. However, the more I think about it, the less enthusiastic I am about him leaving.
I agree that he was absolutely dreadful during the last season, but that is actually acceptable. As a comparison, look at the most recent Ballon d'Or winners. Cristiano Ronaldo was much less effective and prolific this year after his breakout year last year with his 42 goals in all competitions.
After Ronaldinho won the Ballon d'Or, his next season was fraught with mishaps and he ended up in Milan with a sub par season as well.
Personally, I think Adebayor will realize that he doesn't just get a free ride at Arsenal, and if we give him a chance next year, he will return to his old form. He has spoken about his frustration with how the fans are treating him, and I'm sure he is bright enough to figure out how to change the way they treat him.
While a possible move for Benzema with transfer money coming from the Adebayor sale may be enticing, I would rather put my faith in a man who has spent three years in the Arsenal shirt and knows how we work.
However, either possibility is enticing, and I can't wait to see the end result of the transfer window this summer.
That's all I have, so feel free to give your opinions and thoughts on what should happen in regards to Adebayor. Also if you see any factual errors, tell me and I'll edit them in.