Wenger moves on from Adebayor row

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Friday moved to draw a line under the Emmanuel Adebayor saga - insisting as a manager you "expect nothing back" in return for your hard work.

Wenger has already admitted his disappointment at the reaction of the player he plucked from relative obscurity at Monaco three years ago, and helped mould into one of Europe's most sought-after strikers. However, when pressed ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Wigan, the Arsenal manager refused to be drawn on the issue any more.

"We have to put that behind us now and focus on what is in front of us," said Wenger. "Personally I believe what is very important for us is to focus on tomorrow's game (against Wigan) and forget all that happened last weekend."

Togo international Adebayor, sold to Manchester City for £25million during the summer, has been banned for three matches for his stamp on Robin van Persie in the 4-2 win over his old club last Saturday - and faces the threat of further punishment if the Football Association take a dim view of his controversial goal celebration in the same game at Eastlands.

Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas also claimed to be the victim of a bad challenge from his former team-mate. Adebayor, though, claims it was the Arsenal players who showed him a lack of respect by not wanting to shake hands before the match, as well as insisting it was the club which decided to sell him.

"Adebayor plays for Man City, he does not play for Arsenal anymore and I am here to speak about the players who play for our club and not those who do not anymore," added Wenger.

"I believe that what is important is what is good for the club: what is good for Arsenal is that we win football games so let us focus on that."

However, the Gunners boss felt his conscience was clear in respect of fulfilling his coaching philosophy when the 6ft 3in African was a key member of the Arsenal squad.

"In our job you accept that you give and do not expect any return, so you are never disappointed," Wenger reflected.

"I feel my job is to give to people as much as I can and without expecting any return from that. That is how I approach my job. In this case specifically, I do not feel I have done too badly."

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