Wenger rejects Adebayor rift

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is refusing to be drawn on the club's fragile relationship with Emmanuel Adebayor ahead of Sunday's north London derby

During a heated meeting with Manchester City two years ago, Adebayor, the centre of attention following his summer move from the Emirates Stadium, celebrated his 80th minute header in front of the traveling Gunners fans.

The Togolese striker was subsequently handed a £25,000 fine and a suspended two-match ban for the celebration, to add to the three-match ban he'd already received for stamping on Robin Van Persie during the same hectic afternoon.

However Wenger, refusing to be riled, said: “There was a controversial situation at Man City last year that was inappropriate. He apologised for it but we do not want to focus on that kind of subject before the game.


“I do not believe that Adebayor is underrated. People know that he is a very good player so our back four will be vital in this game of course. But overall the more pressure we put on them the less it will be on our defence.

“In this kind of game you want full commitment from everybody but you have to think. We have positive memories [of this fixture] because we didn't ever forget to play our game and that is the focus that is important. Be cool and focus on the play.”

The 27-year-old is in ominous form ahead of the showdown at White Hart Lane, having scored three times in as many games for Spurs, including two against Liverpool during the club's last home outing in the Barclays Premier League.

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