The relationship between Arsenal fans and old boy Emmanuel Adebayor hasn't been right since the Togolese striker left the Emirates back in 2009. But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called a truce between the player and club when Arsenal face off against their old enemy today at the Emirates.
''I don't want him to get stick, I just want us to play well'' said Wenger. ''When players come back to the club, you want them to be respected''
Adebayor left Arsenal for a bank busting £25 million to join Manchester City and during a grudge match between the two sides, the 6ft 3in striker famously ran the length of the pitch to celebrate a goal in front of the Arsenal fans - a stunt that still baffles people to this day.
It's fair to say that 'banter' is part and parcel of football, and always has been. And any match between Arsenal and Tottenham, regardless of personnel or occasion is always looked at as a big game for both sides.
I would be utterly shocked if Adebayor in a Tottenham shirt managed to get through the game unscathed under the watchful eyes of 55,000 Arsenal fans. But then again, why should he?
The player will be relishing the game as much as the fans, hoping to shove some of the abusive comments thrown at him in the past down their throats. Just like the Arsenal fans will be hoping to put the Manchester City flop off his game, and send him and the rest of the Spurs side home with their tail between their legs.
The game promises to be a heated encounter and is without doubt the game to watch over the FA Cup Third Round weekend.
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