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Adebayor: Gunners must show their metal

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Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor believes trophies are the only way to prove the club is as big as the likes of Manchester United - and that is why he stayed at the Emirates Stadium.

Adebayor looked set to leave the Gunners last summer but signed a new contract with the hope of more huge games like the Champions League quarter-final against Villarreal on Wednesday.

The Togo striker said: "The pressure is there. That is normal. I can understand that. If you want to be a big club, of course you have to win things, which is normal. If most of the people say Manchester United are a big club in Europe, it is because they won the Premier League and the Champions League. They are the reasons they are big."

He added: "We are ready for that. We did everything last season to achieve things and for me it is a little bit of luck in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Liverpool last season that knocked us out. This season we have the chance to do it and just have to take our chances."

Adebayor joined the club in 2006 from Monaco and is yet to earn his first trophy.

After facing Villarreal, Arsene Wenger's men then have an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at the weekend.

He said: "I've been here three years and saying we have to win things and achieve things, and now I think it is a real chance to win something because we are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and quarter-final of the Champions League. We just have to stand up and go for it.

"As a player you always dream about playing in big games. In one week we are going to play all the big games.

"When I was at Monaco I was dreaming about playing against Chelsea, playing against Manchester United and playing in the quarter-final of the Champions League.

"This week I have the chance to play in all these games so I just have to concentrate and I think my team-mates will do the same thing. It is only like that that we can achieve things this season."

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