Struggling: Adebayor (right) has found this campaign a bit tougher
And Wenger believes the striker is only now starting to show the kind of form that attracted the attention of Europe's biggest clubs.
'He has not had the same form,' said the Arsenal manager. 'At the moment, he is working very hard to come back to good form. He had dropped off a little bit, but that can happen sometimes.
'Ronaldo scored 42 last year, and it does not look like he will score 42 this season - because he and Adebayor had exceptional numbers.
'What is important is that he works hard and contributes to the team - if he opens the way to goal for other players, for me it is the same.'
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