'Adebayor missed the target so much, Wenger used to joke about it'

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has been recounting his experiences of Tottenham Hotspur forward Emmanuel Adebayor.

Emmanuel Adebayor is the most in-form striker in the Premier League, scoring more goals over the past 10 matches than Luis Suarez or Sergio Aguero.

Quizzed about his form last night after bagging two goals against Newcastle in a 4-0 away win, the striker said he is playing his best football since his time at Arsenal.

Funnily enough, his Arsenal days were discussed just later in the day by former defender Martin Keown, who in his Mail Online column recounted his experience of the striker, including his wayward target practice in training.

"When I went back to Arsenal to work for a year, Ade was there and Arsene Wenger did a lot of work with him. In all honesty Tottenham have a lot to thank Wenger for!

"When he first came, the training ground was quite new and had new nettings around the goal. Wenger joked about putting up higher nets because Ade missed the target so much, but he spent hours with him and his technique improved so much.

"He has tremendous athleticism and though his confidence takes work, his technique is not in doubt."

Whether his training ground experiences at Tottenham are any better or not, Wenger's commitment to working to help Adebayor improve shows the sort of guidance and friendly approach the striker needs in a manager.

It's this which is the secret behind his excellent working relationship with Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood, and a clear sign where Andre Villas-Boas went wrong, freezing him out at the first signs of trouble.

The way Tottenham are playing, they are throwing themselves right into the mix for Champions League qualification, and without Adebayor's form, that may not have been possible.


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