By Chris Harris
As far as Arsène Wenger is concerned, the Emmanuel Adebayor case is closed.
The former Arsenal striker has commanded more column inches than any other player in the past week following his behaviour when his new club, Manchester City, beat his old club last Saturday.
Adebayor scored in a 4-2 victory but has been banned for three matches for a stamp on Robin van Persie. He has another FA charge pending after sprinting the length of the pitch to celebrate his goal in front of Arsenal’s fans.
The saga rumbled on this week with Adebayor defending his actions and Cesc Fabregas accusing the Togo striker of another dangerous challenge early in the match. But Wenger refused to add fuel to the flames when he was pressed on the issue at his pre-match press conference.
“I think we have to put that behind us now and focus on what is in front of us,” said the manager.
“We leave the comments that the press likes but personally I believe what is very important for us is to focus on tomorrow’s game and forget all that happened last weekend.
“You can ask me three times the same question in different words but I believe that Adebayor plays for Man City, he doesn’t play for Arsenal anymore and I am here to speak about the players who play for our Club and not those who don’t anymore.
“I said what I thought about the case last Tuesday. I believe that what is important is what is good for the Club. What is good for Arsenal is that we win football games so let’s focus on that.”
It was put to Wenger that he has every reason to be disappointed with Adebayor because he took the striker from the fringes of the Monaco team to the upper echelons of the Premier League. The Arsenal manager refused to bite, insisting that his job is more about giving than taking.
“In our job you accept that you give and don't expect any return so you are never disappointed,” said Wenger.
“I feel my job is to give to people as much as I can and without expecting any return from that. That is how I approach my job. In this case specifically I don't feel I have done too badly.
“I tried [to give him everything]. I believe I succeeded but you can always do better and that is what my approach is. I try to help every single player to achieve something in his career and over the years I feel I have done quite well.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 18 Sep 2009