Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Adebayor's Fighting Fit - and Gunning for Arsenal

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Adebayor's Fighting Fit - and Gunning for Arsenal

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TOTTENHAM'S patched-up "warrior" Emmanuel Adebayor is fighting fit and raring to terrorise Arsenal, according to Tim Sherwood.

There had been doubts about whether former Gunner Adebayor would be able to play against his old team after he was carried off on a stretcher in the second half of Tottenham's 2-1 win at Manchester United.

The striker has been passed fit though and he looks set to start today's FA Cup third round tie at the home of Tottenham's most bitter rivals.

"It didn't look great when he came off on that stretcher but he is a warrior," Tottenham boss Sherwood said. "He had cramp in every part of his body. We weren't sure what (part of his body) to rub and put ice on next. He was really struggling but there is no holding him back at the moment."

Sherwood put faith in Adebayor when he took the helm and the Togolese has not let his new boss down. Despite playing only 45 minutes under Andre Villas-Boas, Adebayor has looked sharp since his return, netting four of the 10 goals scored under their new head coach.

There will be extra motivation for the player to perform well at the Emirates, too, as he has had a series of runins with the Arsenal fans since he left in 2009.

Sherwood believes the Gunners will be dreading the prospect of facing their former star.

"It's huge for us that he is back," Sherwood said. "When Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal players and their fans saw him come off at Old Trafford, I'm sure they were pleased.

"But unfortunately he's going to be walking out against them tomorrow." Adebayor antagonised Arsenal fans by running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of them while playing for Manchester City just after his move to the Etihad.

He then angered Gunners fans last season when he was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Santi Cazorla just 18 minutes into the hosts' 5-2 win.

Villas-Boas became so annoyed at Adebayor's lack of discipline that he was ostracised from the first team.

Sherwood has not had any problems with the striker, adding: "I am not going to worry about how he was treated. I'm worried about how I treat him now. …

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