"He said if the fans hated me there was no way back for me because it wouldn't matter what I did in the future, they would always feel that way about me," Adebayor says. "I hadn't done or said anything about leaving Arsenal but the fans had made up their minds. It hurts when you are at a club you loved, a place where you think you might want to end your career, and things go badly.
"It was strange because I was such a happy boy there. I always gave my best for the team. I even remember a game two years ago when the boss asked me to play even though I had a hamstring injury. So I played for the team, worked hard and scored, but afterwards people were interested only in me being linked with Barcelona.
"Why? I couldn't stop the media speculating. I see Cesc Fábregas being linked with Barcelona but there are no problems for him, so what is the difference? It's something I will never understand."