Arsenal’s Wenger wary of Adebayor threat ahead of Tottenham clash

Arsene Wenger admits he's wary of the threat Emmanuel Adebayor will pose when Arsenal take on Tottenham

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: Arsenal FC

Arsene Wenger admits that he is wary of the threat Emmanuel Adebayor will pose when Arsenal take on Tottenham on Saturday.

The Togolese striker has been in sparkling form for Spurs since being handed a return to the first-team under new boss Tim Sherwood.

He’s a player with special talent, I’m in a good position to know

Arsene Wenger

The 29-year-old has netted four goals in six games, including the opener in Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Manchester United.

And Wenger has been impressed by the former Arsenal striker’s form since being reinstalled to Tottenham’s starting line-up.

“What is amazing for him is how fit he was when he came back – how quickly he adapted to top-level competition again,” said Wenger ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third-round clash at Emirates Stadium.

“He’s a player with special talent, I’m in a good position to know.”

The Frenchman also feels that Spurs have become “more adventurous” under Sherwood following Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking.

“First of all they have lost one big game against Liverpool but if you look at their overall record since the start of the season, it isn’t bad,” Wenger continued.

“I’m not surprised that Tottenham can win football games. They won at Manchester United but Man United this season, even if I think Tottenham played very well, are a bit more vulnerable. They took advantage well of that because they played at a good pace going forward.

“They are more adventurous. With [Roberto] Soldado and Adebayor [up front], they have found a balance – at the moment that suits the team well.

“They always looked dangerous at Man United and that’s certainly the pair that we’ll have to keep quiet.”

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