By Matt Fortune

Emmanuel Adebayor has made sacrifices to stay at Arsenal, according to Arsène Wenger.

Earlier this week it was announced that the Togo international had signed a new long-term contract at Emirates Stadium. It ended a summer of speculation in which moves to Barcelona or AC Milan were consistently mooted.

It was suggested that Adebayor could have sealed a more lucrative deal away from North London. But he decided to stay and, according to his manager, he deserves respect for that.

“He had a lot of interest from many big clubs but he always told me one-to-one his preference was to stay,” said Wenger.

“I was convinced he wanted to do that and I know he made sacrifices.

“People have advisors and some clubs pay higher wages than we do, we have to accept that.

“The story did not come out like that in the press and unfortunately he is paying a price for a story which is not really him. He made a press conference in Austria where people interpreted his statements a bit differently, but I know what he told me.

“[Overall] I believe that Emmanuel has been unfairly treated.”

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22 Aug 2008