Emmanuel Adebayor believes he may be behind Arsenal's title drought

  • Arsenal's mid-February title collapse linked to Adebayor's birthday
  • How to avert a repeat this season
  • Reveals he is still a Gooner despite feud with fans

Emmanuel Adebayor during his time at Arsenal
Emmanuel Adebayor during his time at Arsenal / Etsuo Hara/GettyImages

Former Arsenal striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, recently shared his insights on Arsenal's prospects in the current Premier League season and shed light on the recurring collapse that tends to afflict the team in mid-February. 

The Gunners came very close to clinching the title last season but faltered towards the end with injuries to key players like William Saliba and Takehiro Tomiyasu hindering their charge as they eventually surrendered the title to Manchester City.

With this season already past the halfway point, Arsenal are trailing leaders Liverpool by five points ahead of their meeting in February at the Emirates.

Emmanuel Adebayor believes he may be behind Arsenal's title drought

Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor made over 160 appearances for Arsenal / Etsuo Hara/GettyImages

Speaking to journalists in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire where the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations is currently taking place, Adebayor says Arsenal’s collapse in the title race has always coincided with his birthday in April.

“My friends were telling me that they were going to win the league and I told them I will only know after my birthday which is on the 26th of February because that is when, I don’t know why things always collapse for Arsenal.

“We always start well. I played three and half seasons there, it was incredible, the best team I played for. When we were playing from July to December, January, we were always in the top three and I don’t know what is always the problem. As soon as we get to the end of January, beginning of February, everything just crumbles. It’s difficult, we saw it again last season, Man City came in and won the league towards the end. 

Adebayor spent much of his peak in north London, scoring 62 times in 147 appearances for the Gunners. However, the former Togo striker's relationship with supporters deteriorated after he left the club. There was, of course, the infamous celebration at the away end after scoring for Man City at the Etihad, and he then moved to Tottenham in 2011.

However, Adebayor added that he's left any ill feeling in the past.

“I can just wish them (Arsenal) luck, once a Gooner is always a Gooner. I had my moment with them, i had the moment where I was upset with them, but at the end of the day, it is life, I was living the moment and today I am out of Arsenal, I am out of football, I love every single team I played for because they have contributed to who I became today.

“Today, people can never talk to me about my career without talking about Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and even Crystal Palace. Remember we are Africans, I was there to represent the continent and I think I have done my best.”