Emmanuel Adebayor has urged his Tottenham Hotspur teammates to put Arsenal under pressure as he believes they can't handle it.
The former Gunners striker, who is something of a hate figure at Emirates Stadium, thinks Arsene Wenger's side do not have enough players that are ready for a battle and claimed turning up the heat on them is the best way for Spurs to prevail.
"Arsenal are a good team when they have the ball. When they don’t, they are not that good. When you put them under pressure, they can’t handle it," he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
Adebayor does not have to do much to spark a negative response from Arsenal fans, but these comments will have ratcheted up the pressure ahead of a north London derby that was already crucial in terms of the race for the Premier League top four.
The Togolese not only questioned the Gunners' mettle ahead of the clash on Sunday afternoon, but also claimed Wenger did not have enough of the kind of players that are required for a fiery local derby.
“They don’t have a lot of physical presence. Apart from [Mathieu] Flamini, I don’t see anyone who puts themselves into a proper battle," he added.
“Rosicky is not that type of player, [Santi] Cazorla is not the type of player who defends. [Mikel] Arteta is trying to do it, but that’s not his job.
“They don’t have anybody who can say, ‘If I have to kick, I will kick. If we have to fight, I will put myself at the front of it’. That’s how we have to play. Push them and force them to make errors.”
Arsenal need a win at White Hart Lane to maintain their push for the title, while Spurs need three points if hopes of finishing in the Champions League places are to remain realistic.
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