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Portsmouth manager Tony Adams is looking forward to returning to Arsenal but insists sentiment will be put to one side as he looks to end a woeful run of results.

Adams was an Arsenal player for 19 years until his retirement in 2002 and was worshipped by the fans, but having lost three straight Barclays Premier League games, he is refusing to let emotion get in the way.

"I worked at Arsenal for a long, long time and enjoyed every minute of it and I'm delighted and honoured that the fans respect me so much. I love that so much," he said. "But I'm working for another club at the moment and trying to win a football game so that's the context and perspective of it."

Pompey have shipped 14 goals in their last six league games and Adams knows that figure will increase further at the Emirates unless there is a rapid improvement.

"We've been trying to win football games and getting done on counter-attacks and Arsenal are probably the best team in the country at counter-attacking," Adams added.

"So that's going to be very difficult for us and resources are low. We need to put things right quickly.

"It's never easy going there you've got to play them at some stage and in some ways maybe it's the perfect place to go."

Adams has signalled his intention to bolster his squad in the January transfer window, but will not rush into making signings for the sake of it.

"I know I need a couple of reinforcements if I can," said Adams.

"But you've got to be very careful you don't panic and buy someone just for the short term. It is all about results and the directors here have been totally supportive and the owner has been great."

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