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Arsenal should bring back Adebayor in January

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Arsenal's search for a new striker could be temporarily solved by the January loan signing of Tottenham Hotspur outcast Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese international might be a cult target for hatred for a large proportion of the Gunners faithful, given the circumstances that he departed the club in 2009, but that shouldn't prevent Arsene Wenger from enquiring about the possibility of bringing him back to the Emirates Stadium at the turn of the year.

Out-of-sorts at White Hart Lane, and out-of-favour under Andre Villas-Boas, Adebayor is on a hiding to nothing at Spurs, with Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe both ahead of him in the first-team pecking order.

Rumours that the 29-year-old stands to earn a £1.4million cash windfall from former club Manchester City - if he stays at Tottenham beyond the upcoming transfer window - need not ruin Arsenal's chances of securing the African's signature either, at least on a short-term deal until the end of the current campaign.

The availability of world-class talent is always at a premium in the mid-season window, and unless a club is prepared to operate with a blank chequebook, negotiations are normally difficult to complete in such a limited timeframe.

Wenger's reliance on Olivier Giroud at the focal point of his Arsenal attack is epitomised by the fact that Nicklas Bendtner is the only like-for-like replacement currently available to the French tactician.

With that in mind, it wouldn't be exaggerating to suggest that as impressive as the Gunners have been in the early part of 2013/14, they are only one injury away from ruining their Premier League title chances, should the former Montpellier man succumb to a nasty knock or strain.

A move for Adebayor might, at first, anger the most vociferous of Arsenal supporters, but underneath the vehement resentment you will likely find an acceptance that the Spurs star is exactly the type of player the Gunners are crying out for in January.

It's too big a risk for Wenger to put all his eggs in one basket and hope that Giroud makes it to the end of the season unscathed, and Bendtner has proved time and again that he's just not up to the task of turning in anywhere near the level of performance required at the Emirates.

Talk of deploying record-signing Mesut Ozil as a 'false nine' and Theo Walcott or Lukas Podolski through the middle is still very much a square peg in round hole situation, and would force Arsenal to change their existing shape and style, that has proved so successful so far this season.

Wenger must not upset the balance of his side, and in order to do so must add a ready-made alternative for Giroud to his senior squad in the New Year. Adebayor seems like the most viable option.

Let the detractors moan about his lack of loyalty and questionable commitment. But, if faced with the possibility of winning the Premier League crown with Adebayor, or missing out on the title without him, swallowing their pride until next May should be an easy sacrifice to make.

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