It's Adebayor Week on as we celebrate the player who claimed third spot in our official Player of the Season poll.

The Togolese striker shouldered an immense burden last season in the wake of Thierry Henry's departure and injuries to Robin van Persie and Eduardo. But Adebayor rose to the occasion, scoring 30 times in all competitions and giving Arsenal's attack a new dimension with his pace, power and aerial ability.

Here, three former Gunners give their assessment of Arsenal's centre forward - Arsenal TV analyst Stewart Robson and Arsenal TV Online co-commentators Terry Neill and Perry Groves.

Stewart Robson
"I think we all thought Van Persie was going to be the main striker but I actually wrote an article before the start of the season saying that Adebayor could be as good as Drogba is for Chelsea. He has the same attributes - he can run in behind, he can hold the ball up, he can head it, he can link the play, and in fact I think he's a better technical player than Drogba. So I wasn't surprised by how well he has done because I've always thought he was a good player. I was surprised by the number of goals he scored and some of the composure he showed in front of goal at times, not always, but most of the time."

Perry Groves
"He did surprise me and, no disrespect, it was because of his finishing. When he first came into the side his finishing was a little bit erratic but he has worked on that and any striker who can get 24 league goals is worth big money. It isn't just the goals that he is judged on because he played up front on his own a lot last season and his work rate, his work ethic, is excellent, and so is his hold-up play. He gives us another dimension. We have scored more from headers too.

"He will only get better but I'd like to see him playing alongside someone. Big centre forwards are few and far between and he is also quick, which people don't often realise and when he gets in the channels I'd like to see him be a bit more greedy, take players on and get into the box. Most Arsenal players' first thought is to pass rather than shoot and perhaps I'd like to see that around the other way. But as I say Adebayor's finishing has improved and in a team like Arsenal which creates numerous chances his ratio is quite good. If he could improve even more, because he does miss a few, you can see him getting maybe 35 next season."

Terry Neill
"He shouldered a huge burden. With all due respect to the rest of the players, Adebayor was the main individual and he just terrorised defences with his touch and his passing, his ability to bring team-mates into play. He improved immeasurably last season and I look forward to even greater things for him next year. It was just unfortunate that, with the injuries Robin van Persie had, the two of them couldn't link up more often. You have to keep your fingers crossed that the two of them stay 100 per cent fit next season because they could be a lethal combination. Adebayor gives them that aerial strength too but every aspect of his game has improved, not just individually but in terms of his team play. That has been immense."

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24 Jun 2008