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Tottenham vs. Arsenal: Why Adebayor Must Bring It To His Former Club

WIGAN, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur at DW Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIOctober 2, 2011

Emmanuel Adebayor is one of the most enigmatic players in world football.

Adebayor is coming up against his former club Arsenal later today with one of their most hated rivals, Tottenham.

This is not the first time that he has come up against them with a different club. Back in 2009 he played against Arsenal with his then club Manchester City, where he scored a goal and celebrated as if to rub it in the Gunners' supporters faces.

The supporters once furiously chanted his name in praise, but in a split second he became public enemy number one.

Adebayor needs to bring it to his former teammate to save face and show that he can back up his actions and words.

The Arsenal players will certainly not go easy on their former friend. The players will be going in hard on tackles against him and show them that he cannot metaphorically spit on their crest a second time.

Emmanuel Adebayor has been playing extremely well lately for Tottenham. He has formed a striking partnership with Jermaine Defoe and the two have given each other a new life in London.

Adebayor has scored three goals in just as many games and will be trying to keep his strike ratio balanced.

The large target man has many different facets of his game that could be game changing. His ability to bring a bit of flare to a match will be needed as he will have to spark the Tottenham offense.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp knows the hostility that will fans will be directing towards Adebayor. He said,

There is always aggravation when players leave clubs, but he will get on and hopefully play well. William Gallas played against Arsenal last year and for me was the man of the match. He showed his character in that game and I am sure [Adebayor] will do the same on Sunday.

With the vote of confidence from his gaffer, Adebayor will have to play the role of villain against Arsenal and will have play it with an emphatic passion so that Tottenham can win the London derby.

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