‘We never liked each other… from the first moment, it was just a bad vibe’: Former Arsenal star Nicklas Bendtner reveals that Emmanuel Adebayor is the ONLY team-mate he didn’t get on with
- Nicklas Bendtner has explained his dislike for ex team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor
- The pair clashed on the pitch during a 5-1 defeat by rivals Tottenham in 2008
- Bendtner says Adebayor is ONLY team-mate in his career he has not got on with
- Both players were fined by Arsene Wenger for their part in the on-field argument
Former Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has revealed that Emmanuel Adebayor is the only team-mate has has failed to get on with in his career.
The pair are only a year apart in age, battled for the same position while coming through at Arsenal, and even had a very public on-field argument in a 2008 Carling Cup match against Tottenham.
And now Bendtner has further lifted the lid on his thoughts about the Togo striker, telling talkSPORT: ‘There is only one guy I’ve fallen out with and that’s Adebayor. We never liked each other. Apart from that I got on with most people.
Nicklas Bendtner (left) says Emmanuel Adebayor is the only team-mate he has ever disliked
The pair were involved in a very public spat in a defeat away at rivals Spurs in January 2008
‘We sat next to each other in the changing room. He was 25, I was 26, from the first moment we saw each other it was just a bad vibe. That never changed.’
Things then boiled over on the pitch between the team-mates at White Hart Lane, with Arsenal losing 5-1 to their bitter rivals, and the pair were both fined by Arsene Wenger in the aftermath.
‘We had some small bust-ups in the changing room and that quite big one in Tottenham where it sort of blew out of proportion,’ Bendtner explains.
‘We got hammered 5-1, we were so bad and the disappointment of letting the fans and team down just got out of hand between us.
Both players were then fined by manager Arsene Wenger (right) in the aftermath of the spat
Emmanuel Adebayor (pictured in March) most recently played for Paraguayan side Olimpia
‘We had that sting on the pitch then we had a little bit in the dressing room and then the next day we were in [Arsene] Wenger’s office getting fined.
‘It got explained how we had to learn how to deal with each other on a professional level and on a personal level.
‘It was actually quite a good way of learning how to work with someone that you really disliked.’
Bendtner has been opening up on his career while promoting his new autobiography