Emmanuel Adebayor says his decision to sign for Crystal Palace was the only mistake he made in his Premier League career.
In a statement that most Arsenal fans probably won’t agree with, Adebayor claimed that joining Crystal Palace was the only poor decision he made whilst in England. He told L’Equipe (via The S*n): “I truly experienced some beautiful moments in England, at the heart of the country’s best teams.
“I was happy over there, and my family was as well. The only mistake I made was to sign for Crystal Palace in January 2016. I made the decision to please my advisers. They were telling me: ‘Manu, you’ve got to get back playing again!’
“But it is definitely the worst decision I have made in my entire career.”
The former Arsenal striker left the Gunners for Manchester City, was banned for three matches after kicking van Persie in the face, ran the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of his former supporters and was accused by Cesc Fabregas of trying to stamp on him too.
He then made the decision to play under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham, where Arsenal beat his team 5-2, twice. In one of those 5-2 defeats, Adebayor was shown a straight red card when Spurs were winning.
I’d argue there are more than a few mistakes in there.
However, it’s hard to deny that signing for Crystal Palace was the biggest mistake Emmanuel made. In 15 appearances the Togo international scored one goal, and was then released by the club.
He now plays in Turkey for Basaksehir, where he competes with van Persie at Fenerbahce for trophies, although neither player has actually won one in their new country yet.