Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor talks about ‘nasty’ Nemanja Vidic and ‘psycho’ Rio Ferdinand
Emmanuel Adebayor revealed Arsenal were not able to compete with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea because they were not psychically strong enough.
The former Togo captain, who spent four years playing under Arsene Wenger, was part of a team who promised to deliver so much.
However, as the Gunners’ best players were slowly picked off one by one, the wheels began to fall off.
And Adebayor has told The Daily Mail he feels as though Arsenal lacked a nasty side – best exemplified by arguably the best centre-half pairing in Premier League history.
While Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney scored goals for fun, it was Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand who proved to be the bed rock for United’s success.
And the 35-year-old has revealed just how difficult it was to compete against the imperious defenders.
“We had quality but for some games, I am sorry, it was not enough. United and Chelsea were technical but so strong. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Rio insulted everyone on the pitch. He is proper psycho!
“But Vidic was the tough man, the nastiest, like running into a rock. He could block a striker with a single finger. He walks on you, he says sorry, he kicks you, he says sorry. He shouts at you and makes a little bit of spit come out.
“This guy was ready to kill.”
As well as Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Alex Song, Adebayor left the Emirates in search of trophies and success.
And the Istanbul Basaksehir reveals why he felt as though Wenger lost his most important players.
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“We swallowed defeats,” he added. “Games where I scored and we lost 2-1, I thought my job was done. Rio would have come to me ‘if you want to be happy, score three.’ I saw him argue with Rooney and [Ryan] Giggs.
“These are the things we didn’t have. We were nice. We had a gentlemen team. We play, we pass around but when it comes to being dirty, we couldn’t.”
Source: Prem News