On This Day - 2009 - Manchester City sign Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor - Manchester City celebrates after scoring his teams third goal in front of Arsenal fans

Adebayor's time at City was not the best, even if there was one particularly memorable moment.

Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates with Joleon Lescott (L) after scoring the first goal for Manchester City

It was the first real time Manchester City were showing their financial muscle in the transfer market as Emmanuel Adebayor signed from Arsenal in a deal worth £25 million, BBC Sport reports.

They also say that at the time of his signing there were as many as seven high profile forwards on the books as they started their journey that would ultimately take them to the top of English football.

It is also fair to say that judging by this banner, very few tears if any were shed from Arsenal fans.

Arsenal Banner regarding Emmanuel Adebayor

Adebayor, despite his evident qualities as a striker, was not one that would work out for City. The memory that perhaps sticks out most from his time in Manchester will be a game against his former club.

The Togo forward headed home from a cross but then ran the length of the field to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans, inciting those in the away end in the process. Predictably, he was booked for the celebration. 

Emmanuel Adebayor - Manchester City celebrates after scoring his teams third goal in front of Arsenal fans

It was one of his 19 goals for the club from 45 appearances, but City struggled to eventually get the forward off their books, as he had loan spells at both Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur before being sold to the latter on a permanent deal.

While the transfer was a sign that City were attracting genuine quality - with other players from Arsenal also making the switch to Eastlands - it shows that not every big money purchase works out, even if they have talent, as demonstrated with the loan spells.

It also demonstrates the quite weird and wonderful career that Adebayor has had, having played for some top sides with very good players but failing to win much during his time in the game so far. His latest club was Crystal Palace, although they have recently released him from his contract at Selhurst Park. 

Emmanuel Adebayor - Real Madrid

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