Why Adebayor's penalty miss was bad news for Arsenal

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Arsenal fans have taken great glee in former player Emmanuel Adebayor's laughable penalty miss, but would it actually have been better for them if he had scored?

Many an Arsenal fan saw last night as an opportune moment to remind themselves of the fact that Arsene Wenger actually is a dab hand in the transfer market - Was his greatest achievement getting £25 million for Emmanuel Adebayor?

The Togolese striker is continuing his trend of starting off well for clubs, and going downhill fast - and at Spurs he is snowballing down the mountain at breakneck speed.

His final contribution in their Europa League campaign was laughable. A penalty run-up which has been compared to both the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and a giraffe - which led to him skying the ball casually over the bar.

This from a striker who once played for Real Madrid.

Yet looking forward, and especially in light of today's Europa League draw - was Adebayor's shootout miss actually a missed opportunity for Arsenal too?

Had he scored, he would have given Spurs a chance of progression and continue their pursuit of silverware.

Not only that but had Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the semi-finals by winning the shootout- they would have been up against Chelsea.

Instead Rafa Benitez leads his Chelsea side into battle against Basel, a match which would have had a lot more spice had it been the two English sides fighting it out.

The reason this would have been ideal for Arsenal is simple, and that's because both Chelsea and Tottenham are right in the mix to drop out of the top four and finish fifth, something which did not appear likely one month ago.

A two-legged semi-final between the pair of them would have been a huge distraction to their league prospects, and allowed Arsenal - concentrating on only the Premier League - to invest all their energy into a top four finish.

With Tottenham's squad floundering under rotation and injuries, the extra games and intensity of them would have been detrimental to their league matches - and with Spurs already due to face Chelsea before the end of the season in the league,  the clashes between the clubs would have taken up masses of preparation time and mental effort as well as physical.

Instead Spurs can now rest up this weekend, regroup, and concentrate on the league - with key players set to return from injury.

Chelsea still have the distraction of the Europa League, and the FA Cup - but the two legs against Basel will quite be the same 'cannot afford not to lose matches' as if it were for the bragging rights over London rivals Tottenham.

For this reason, Arsenal fans should be a little annoyed that Adebayor didn't bring his shooting boots last night, and in the long-run helped Arsenal out a bit more, and saved the comedy routine for later down the line.

But if you want to watch his penalty again one more time - Go on then...

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