Adebayor signs for Manchester City

Emmanuel Adebayor has completed his move from Arsenal to Manchester City. The striker underwent a medical today in Manchester and has signed a 5 year contract.The Togolese frontman will reportedly earn in the region of £140k a week and will hope to form an explosive striking partnership with City's other recent signings, Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz.Adebayor spoke of his delight at signing for his new club and recieving a warm welcome from the City fans at the City of Manchester stadium: "It made me feel really welcome and special and I can't wait to play for City's fans and show them what I can do," he told the Man City official website. "I was born to play football and that is what I want to do. I have come here to make history for this club and those supporters. It what the chairman and the manager told me that they want too and I can't wait to get started.His new manager, Mark Hughes couldn't hide his enthusiasm either:"Emmanuel has been one of the top forwards in the Premier League since he arrived from France and we are delighted he has agreed to come and join us."Along with the other signings we have made in the last two windows he will greatly enhance our ability to compete with the top sides."His arrival is another clear indication that we are determined to augment the players we have here with the best of international talent."He adds vital balance and power to our attack. He has everything a top forward needs. He is versatile, powerful, quick and agile on the ball. I am looking forward to working with him as are the rest of the staff. He will definitely add a new dimension to our play. I have been a great admirer for a long time."His former manager, Arsene Wenger spoke about Adebayor's move after the 2-2 draw at Barnet:"We'll miss him, but of course we want to focus on the players that are with us at the moment."We want to wish him well and thank him for everything he has done for the club."I wish him well, I am sure he will give something special to Man City."On our side we have Thomas Rosicky back and Eduardo back on Monday in full training. We have lost a big striker but gained one offensive player and one striker."On replacing the hitman:"We're not on the verge of signing anybody but I'm able to spend the money if we find the right players," he said. "We're not in a hurry because we have a big squad. We'll see in pre-season if we need to make any additions."He added: "If we need to add something we will. Chamakh is one of the players we've followed and if we need to go for a striker he's a possibility. We're keeping an eye on him."We have Rosicky and Eduardo back so we've lost a big striker but have gained two offensive players who were absent last season."We also have Nicklas Bendtner, Andrey Arshavin, Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott who can play striker. We have top players we can use as strikers."The move had been put in some doubt with Adebayor stalling after receiving a work permit, wanting more time to give other top clubs to come in for him. There were even some reports indicating Chelsea had been sounded out by Adebayor's representatives and were interested in hijacking the deal. That didn't materialise, and the striker will now look to play a part in the revolution up at Eastlands. It brings an end to a mixed three and a half year tenure at Arsenal, scoring 30 goals in the 07/08 won many fans, with many turning on him the following year after a poor attitude, a lack of commitment on the pitch and very public flirtations with other top clubs lead to a tame 10 premier league goals and 16 overall. I think a speak for a lot of Arsenal fans when I say I'm absolutely delighted he's finally gone. I genuinely believe we'll be stronger than ever in the attacking department even if we don't sign a striker to replace him as I believe a fully fit Eduardo and Rosicky will prove to be like new signings themselves. I expect a big season from Bendtner too, you just know he's loving the fact his long term nemesisAlthough his finishing on the pitch and attitude off it has frustrated me since the moment he arrived, a teeny, tiny part of me does feel a tad sorry for the way he was sold while on holiday and for the immense amount of stick he has recieved since his arrival. You have to feel a bit sorry for someone who has to be the most disliked player in Arsenal's history. I do however wish him all the best at City and hope he does well, should make the premiership very exciting next season. Image courtesy of mcfc.co.uk. Good luck and thanks for your goals and industrious work rate in the 07/08 season. Your Thoughts? Happy or sad with the news?Source Insurance, Quality Insurance, Reliability Insurance, Frequency Insurance, Interactivity Insurance
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