By Richard Clarke
Emmanuel Adebayor is certainly a changed man. The question is why.
Some educated eyebrows were raised when Arsène Wenger signed the Togolese striker from Monaco in January 2006. Undoubtedly he had talent but it was raw, unrefined and, reportedly, there were also issues over his temperament.
Little more than two years on and Adebayor is undoubtedly the Premier League's top striker and the hub of the revival at Emirates Stadium. On Saturday, Manchester City could not cope with his speed, size, movement and positive approach. He scored two goals and made the other in a 3-1 win that took Arsenal two points clear at the top of the table. Afterwards, his manager reflected on the transformation.
"I don't know what it is down to," admitted Wenger. "But perhaps we have a little bit of special spirit in the club. Certainly he has found somewhere where he can express his talent and he realises it is a magnificent chance.
"But it is down to his talent and dedications as well. [Before he signed for us] there was a question mark about Adebayor - his attitude and his spirit. Did we change him or did he realise he had wasted enough time already? I don't know."Copyright 2014 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 4 Feb 2008