Ian Wright has claimed that Emmanuel Adebayor, wanted to be paid the same wages as Thierry Henry at Arsenal.
The Gunners legend, compared manager Arsene Wenger to a “soft” parent and says players with strong personalities, have taken advantage of him.
Wright says one example is when Adebayor arrived at the Emirates, with Henry on his way out. The Togolese captain allegedly requested to be paid the same money as the man he was to replace.
In his new autobiography ‘Ian Wright: A Life In Football’, the 52-year-old said: “The big problem with taking Arsene’s approach is that it isn’t difficult to take advantage of — it’s almost like having a parent you think is a bit soft and you know if you cry hard enough you’ll get a sweet.
“Players that are strong characters have taken his kindness for weakness. In my view, players like Emmanuel Adebayor and William Gallas have taken liberties.”
In the extract, serialised in The Sun, Wright says Adebayor, who later joined arch rivals Spurs, was “completely out of order”.
He adds: “When Adebayor arrived at Arsenal, he had everything.
“He came in just as Thierry Henry was getting ready to leave. It looked like the perfect transition.
“Then all of a sudden he wanted the same money as Thierry. For him to go off like he did and start flirting with Barcelona and Inter Milan was completely out of order.
“It was like holding the club to blackmail and it destroyed any relationship he had with the fans.”