Emmanuel Adebayor has opened up on the brawls that went on between himself, Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner at Arsenal.
The Gunners signed Adebayor in January 2006 for £3m from AS Monaco, where he went on to enjoy a superb three and a half years in north London.
Following Thierry Henry’s departure for Barcelona in 2007, Adebayor took on the role as Arsenal’s main scorer and bagged an impressive 46 goals in 85 games during his last two seasons.
While things went well on the pitch, however, it wasn’t quite the same story behind the scenes.
And now Adebayor has lifted the lid on the falling outs he had with fellow strikers Van Persie and Bendtner at the Emirates Stadium.
“Why would I come to an interview, lie to people and say Van Persie is my best friend? He has his character and I have mine. There was tension,” the Togolese striker told Daily Mail.
“I’m a free guy, I come to every club, walk into the changing room and sing.. I danced with Thierry Henry and had huge respect for Denis Bergkamp.
“But at Arsenal, when you walk into the dressing room, there is a shoe rack. You take off your trainers and wear the club sandals into the dressing room. Bendtner walked in with his own shoes twice.
“I said: ‘Bendtner, there is a law here and nobody is above it.’ He was younger than me and barely playing. We are bigger than you but nobody else walks in with Prada, Gucci…
“He said: ‘I don’t care’. I said: ‘Don’t do it again’. The next day, he did the same and we jumped into a fight.”
During Adebayor’s time at Arsenal, both himself and some of his teammates were persistently linked with exits.
It came at a time when the Emirates Stadium had only just opened in 2007, which left Arsenal short of cash and in need to pay off their debts.
“It reached a time where you would go on holiday and be checking the Daily Mail website to see who is close to leaving for Barcelona or Milan,” Adebayor admitted.
“Dropping one by one until Arsenal are what they are today. I would not be surprised if [Alexandre] Lacazette or [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang leave in the summer.
“Nothing surprises me anymore with that club.”
Adebayor has since played for Manchester City, Real Madrid, Tottenham, Crystal Palace and now Istanbul Başakşehir after leaving Arsenal in 2009.
Earlier today, the 35-year-old gave a revealing story on Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.