On this day: Spurs fans a 'joke' says Adebayor; Wenger confirms 'we can spend some money'

Emmanuel Adebayor

On the 22nd February 2013 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal,Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 22nd February 2014, but a year earlier.

What were the main tales from that day? What big events were happening in Premier League football?

Here are some of the big scoops from the 22nd February 2013…

Arsene Spender

Arsene Wenger was making it clear that Arsenal have the finances to spend big in the summer.

Arsenal were at the time under a large amount of stress after some poor performances - and rumours had it that the Frenchman would receive a £70 million warchest to improve the squad in the summer.

Wenger said:

“I think, now, we are in a stronger situation where we can spend some money. We went out to spend money at Christmas but we didn't find the players. I'm not reluctant to spend. First of all, we only had money recently. Secondly, in England there is a way of thinking that every problem is sorted out just by spending money - but that's not always the case. “

And in the end they did spend big in the summer - £42.4 million for Mesut Ozil.

Let me Ruud your future

Former Chelsea player Ruud Gullit was prediciting the future - accurately.

The Dutchman, who played for and managed the club between 1995 and 1998 - and was speaking about who should be at the helm of The Bridge.

Rafa Benitez was interim boss at the time - but Gullit said:

“Rafa Benitez's main objective this season is to qualify for the Champions League and then to make way for Jose Mourinho. I have a feeling that he was meant to come back after the Champions League final but then when Chelsea won it I think he thought better of it. It’s no coincidence that right after the final he signed a new contract with Real Madrid.”

And he was right - Mourinho returned last summer.


Emmanuel Adebayor launched a scathing attack on his own fans after they increasingly criticised him for returning late from the African Nations.

He took five days to get back from Africa after Togo were eliminated - but he called any abuse he got from Spurs fans a ‘joke’:

“I’ve seen people dying in front of me. I’ve seen people with guns so I take 30,000 people abusing me as a joke. It’s a part of life. I’m used to it already. I get a tough time but I have to keep going because I could have been worse.”

Adebayor is now the clubs in form player - and the fans seem to have forgiven him.


image: © Roger Gorączniak

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