Van Persie given new life at Arsenal by Adebayor sale

Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has revealed that he would likely not have come to prominence had former Gunners striker Emmanuel Adebayor stayed at the club, the Daily Mail has reported.

Adebayor joined Manchester City in 2009 but is now on loan at Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and van Persie has said it was the sale of the Togo star that gave him his opportunity to shine as a centre-forward. The Mail quotes van Persie as saying: “I never thought I would end up as a main striker. We only tried it when Adebayor went. The boss didn’t buy anyone else…I thought, ‘I am a main striker now, I need to score.’”

Van Persie has this season scored 33 goals for Arsenal, with the Mail” putting the Netherlands international’s tally since January 2011 at 54. In total, van Persie has scored 128 times for Arsenal in 274 games following his 2004 move from Feyenoord.

In his time at Arsenal Adebayor found the net on 62 occasions, playing in some 142 matches for Arsene Wenger’s side. This season Adebayor has 14 Spurs goals in 30 games.

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