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Wenger: No problem with Ade
24 Apr 2010 - 09:52:00
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no problem with former striker Emmanuel Adebayor despite his outrageous celebration after scoring against the Gunners for Manchester City earlier in the season.
The Togo international made the big-money switch to the City of Manchester Stadium with fellow former Arsenal man Kolo Toure last summer before earning the wrath of the Gunners' faithful in September.
Adebayor headed home during his side's 4-2 win and proceeded to run the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of his former supporters, much to their disgust.
He was also handed a three-match ban retrospectively after clashing with former team-mate Robin van Persie but Wenger insists it is all in the past.
Speaking to reporters, Wenger said: "I am stubborn, but not stupid - sometimes in the heat of the moment you can do things that are not right.
"It is not only Adebayor, but also Patrick Vieira and Kolo Toure - we will welcome them all back.
"We have always had the same line of conduct - to respect what they have done for us and we want our fans to respect that as well and encourage our team.
"No matter what happened in the first game, it is important that we have a positive attitude and encourage our players.
"I believe more than ever tomorrow we will need the crowd to be behind us. I expect everybody to behave well."