Emmanuel Adebayor has taken a hilariously brutal pop at former Arsenal team-mate Tomas Rosicky.

The pair joined the Gunners in 2006, spending three seasons together before the Togo international moved to Manchester City.

Rosicky’s 10-year stay in north London was punctuated by injuries – something Adebayor was keen to highlight when reflecting on Arsenal’s frailty.

“I was the strongest player on the team, despite the fact that I weighed 73kg,” Adebayor told French publication So Foot.

“Chelsea had (Michael) Essien and (Michael) Ballack in midfield. We had Rosicky.

“If you said as much as “how are you” to him, he would then be injured for two-and-a-half months.”

Adebayor, now at Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir, added that Arsenal were physically incapable of competing with the big teams in the Premier League.

“In the small games, talent can make the difference,” he said. “But you can’t win with children at Old Trafford.”

(Disclaimer: Adebayor disputed that the interview ever took place – but a transcript of the conversation has since spread on social media…)