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"It was the winter holiday and I was back in Togo having a kickabout with friends when my phone rang.One of the boys answered it and said, 'Manu, it's Arsene for you'. 'Arsene who?' I said. 'Arsene Wenger', he said. 'Get out of it', I said, and grabbed the phone off him. But then I heard the voice. 'Allo'. F*****g hell. It is Arsene Wenger!"
-Emmanuel Adebayor

Eto'o Warns Henry

Barca's top-scorer Samuel Eto'o has sent out a warning to Thierry Henry, claimimg that Henry will not be guaranteed a first-team place. Eto'o insists that he will not just hand his starting position to Henry on a silver-platter.

"I'm not in charge of the transfer campaign. I have a contract with Barcelona and I'm not leaving, no matter if Henry, Adriano or even Ronaldo arrive. said Eto'o. "If Henry does really sign for us then it won't be a problem for me, it will be a problem for Frank Rijkaard."

Now in any 'normal' club your top-scorer would almost be guaranteed a starting position but as Barcelona are turning into a european powerhouse, they seem to forget the stars that got them there. Sameul Eto'o is a player with class and has been Barca's top striker for a few seasons now. I think it may be the fact that with the increasing amount of so-called 'top-players'[if Henry joins] at Barcelona, they are looking more and more like Real Madrid, losing the players that can guarantee them success in order to pursuit the 'best' players.

Players like Michael Owen and Fernando Morientes[eventhough he stinks at Liverpool, he scored quite a few goals for Real] we sold to make way for Julio Baptista and Robinho[eventhough I think he is great, he is not getting the goals].

So what im trying to say is, Barca are taking a risk in attempting to sign Henry, a risk that they do not need to take. Some of the current/past best players in Europe have had problems after switching leagues. Diego Forlan is widely known as the biggest flop of the Premiership, took him pretty long to get his first goal for Utd...and it came from the spot! He went to Villarreal and is now one of La Liga's top strikers.

How about some Arsenal players, Nick Anelka, Arsenal's top-scorer one season, Real Madrid mistake next season. Marc Overmars and Manu Petit were a part of the great Arsenal double-winning team od 98 but after moving to Barca for more success and, their careers went downhill. Petit returned to the EPL with Chelsea while Overmars ended his career with Barca a few years later.

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