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Wenger hails Adebayor

17 Feb 2007 - 11:18:52

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has won high praise from manager Arsene Wenger for his excellent progress since joining the club

The 22-year-old Togo international joined Arsenal just over a year ago from Monaco and has scored ten times for the Gunners this season, after working hard to improve his finishing.

Wenger commented: "He is a bubbly character, an extrovert, a good spirited boy and a happy boy.

"What I like is that he gives you the option in the air, but he does not immobilise your game because he is a mobile player.

"Sometimes, the price you have to play when you have a guy who is tall in the air, your game gets fixed, and you have only one version because it takes over - the players know they have an easy target they just use that.

"Emmanuel has made one of the biggest improvements in his finishing of any player I have seen. He was not clumsy, but he was not confident in front of goal.

"You do not make somebody suddenly precise, but with confidence, maturity, observation of how other players do it and encouragement to work on it, you can improve.

"Thierry Henry has helped him a lot, which releases some of the physical pressure on Thierry as well."


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