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Stan the man: Adebayor's rash comments.

Byline: Stan COLLYMORE

I SPOKE to a good friend of mine who was analysing the Fulham v Arsenal game on Saturday - and he told me it was the worst Gunners' performance when it came to passing the ball around that he'd seen in Arsene's reign.

That lack of form - added to even Cesc Fabregas (below) begging his boss to make new signings - makes me think that all is not well at the Emirates.

I can point to three reasons why. First and second there's Mathieu Flamini and Alexander Hleb leaving.

But more importantly for me, Emmanuel Adebayor staying has upset the applecart.

I just wonder if there's a little resentment by some of the players towards him after he openly touted his services to Barcelona and Milan in the summer.

In a dressing room environment, players don't like a big-time Charlie - and Adebayor's rash comments in the summer won't be forgotten by one or two, I'm sure.

That can translate on to the pitch and with no more new signings coming down Emirates way, this for me is going to be the toughest season for Arsene since he walked into their hallowed halls.

It's been a few years now since he lifted a trophy and, while I'd never suggest his position is in doubt, questions will be asked if Arsenal fail to deliver any silverware yet again.

Arsene has been promising his kids will deliver one day - and now they have got to live up to his bold predictions.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2008
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