Emmanuel Adebayor explains why he just laughs when Arsenal fans boo him

Emmanuel Adebayor

The former Gunners striker is not bothered about being public enemy number one at the Emirates.

Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has insisted that it does not bother him when he is booed by the clubs fans and that instead he simply sees the funny side, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Adebayor is an unpopular figure amongst Gunners fans, something which stems back to the manner of his move to Manchester City and his infamous celebration when scoring for his new club against his former employers, when he ran the length of the Etihad pitch to celebrate in front of the visiting fans.

He only served to heighten the ill-feeling by joining Arsenal arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur after leaving City, and it was not too much of a surprise to hear the hostile reception he received at the Emirates whilst warming up and when coming on as a substitute for Crystal Palace in this weekend's 1-1 draw.

Far from being upset by the reception he receives from his former fans, the Togolese striker insists that he sees the funny side of any abuse directed his way.

Adebayor said, as quoted by Sky Sports: "It is not my first time coming back to play against Arsenal at the Emirates. You can see when I was on the bench and warming up and they were booing me I was just laughing.

"I cannot say I'm used to it because it is not good to get used to this kind of stuff. But at the end of the day, it is funny. The weather was good, we were playing in London and 20 minutes from my house, I have to be happy. If I'm not happy, then something is wrong.

"For me, at the end of the day I have to be happy about where I came from and what I have become today - I have to forget about all the haters. All the Arsenal fans boo me and when I look back, I understand where everything went wrong but there are certain things in life you cannot come back to any more. You just look at it and say, 'OK, I made a mistake'."

Some detractors have suggested that Adebayor's career has taken a huge downturn in the last two years or so, with his Spurs career fizzling out and four months spent without a club before signing for Palace on a free transfer in the new year.

He has made just five Premier League starts for Palace since his arrival but will find himself going one better than either Arsenal or Spurs by featuring at Wembley if he plays some part in the Eagles' FA Cup semi-final against Watford next weekend.

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