Nicklas Bendtner has revealed he never liked Arsenal team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor – saying there was a ‘bad vibe’ between the two from the moment they met. Bendtner and Adebayor played up front together for the Premier League side between 2006 and 2009.
But they never got on – and the animosity between the pair even spilled over into an on-pitch altercation during a 5-1 League Cup defeat to arch rivals Tottenham in 2008.
Both players were fined by legendary boss Arsene Wenger over the incident.
Bendtner upset a few of his team-mates during his time in north London, after being promoted to the senior ranks while still a teenager.
He also received a dressing down from Arsenal icon Thierry Henry shortly after joining in with first-team training.
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But the Danish striker, now 32 and playing for Tarnby in his homeland, insists Adebayor was the only player he properly fell out with.
“There is only one guy I’ve fallen out with and that’s Adebayor,” Bendtner told talkSPORT. “We never liked each other. Apart from that I got on with most people.
“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.”
Bendtner was speaking ahead of the launch of his new book ‘Both Sides’.
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He recalled the spat with Adebayor at White Hart Lane, saying: “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.
“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.
“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.”
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Bendtner said he was given an earbashing by Henry after upsetting the Arsenal legend in training.
“Long story short, he put me in my place,” Bendtner told the talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I come from a place where you speak up and you stand up for yourself, and I think Thierry had that, too.
“Obviously he was the greatest striker and one of the biggest personalities and players in the Premier League at that moment.
“So he definitely taught me a lesson.”
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