Wenger confident of Adebayor stay  

Friday, 3 July 2009

Arsene Wenger will move for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh if Emmanuel Adebayor leaves, but the Arsenal boss is sure the striker will stay.

Adebayor has long been linked with a move to AC Milan and there has been speculation the Gunners are now willing to accept a big-money offer to create transfer funds.
It is also rumoued that Adebayor is keen to move in order to find success after seeing Arsenal's trophy drought continue last season but Wenger believes the 25-year-old, who joined the club in 2006, will remain in North London for the new campaign.

"If he does not want to stay, he will leave but I think that he will be still at

Arsenal this season," the Frenchman told RMC.
If Adebayor does move on this summer Wenger has admitted he would Chamakh as a replacement.
Asked if the Morocco international is of interest, he said: "Yes, but only in the event of a departure."

Wenger has also confirmed he was tracking Karim Benzema before big-spending Real Madrid had a €35million (£30m) offer accepted for the Lyon striker.
When asked which French players he admired, Wenger said: "There is one who interested me but he (Karim Benzema) left for Madrid.

"I did not make an approach because I would never have thought that Lyon would sell this year."


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