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Emmanuel Adebayor forced to reconsider comments on Arsenal star after North London Derby

Former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor was forced to retract his comments concerning one Arsenal player after the North London Derby

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Former Arsenal and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor found himself in an unexpected position of reassessment following his comments about an Arsenal star ahead of Sunday’s North London Derby.

Arsenal supporters are still savouring their team’s impressive victory over Tottenham Hotspur, a win that kept their Premier League title aspirations alive. In a crucial showdown where only a win would suffice, Arsenal delivered a stellar performance at their rival’s home ground.

The 3-2 victory displayed Arsenal at their best, although they faced some tense moments towards the end, particularly with a critical error from goalkeeper David Raya. However, unlike previous seasons, Arsenal held their nerve and secured the win, refusing to relinquish precious points in the title race to Manchester City.

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Numerous factors contributed to Arsenal’s success, including the fitness of key players like Declan Rice and William Saliba, the impactful addition of Kai Havertz, and a resolute defensive effort. 

Adebayor, a former player who has experienced the intensity of the North London Derby from both perspectives, praised Bukayo Saka’s exceptional performance and lauded him as “one of the best in Europe.”

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However, Adebayor found himself revisiting his pre-match comments about Havertz after the German forward scored the decisive goal to silence doubters once again. Adebayor had previously expressed reservations about Havertz’s suitability as a striker for Arsenal, expressing concerns about his strength and suitability for the role.

Yet, Havertz’s ability to adapt and contribute crucial goals has convinced sceptics, including Adebayor himself.

Before the game, the former Togolese captain told Premier League Productions: “He has adapted well, I am not a big fan of the player, to be honest.

“He isn’t that strong and when you are playing up front for a team like Arsenal. First and foremost, you have to be strong and you have to be clever. He’s a very good player with the feet.

“Football is a game, whenever you score, you are the hero and when you don’t score, then you are the villain. If he doesn’t score and Arsenal ends up losing, then the fans won’t be happy about it. But if he manages to score a goal and get a win for his team, as he is doing at the end of the season for his team, then he will be the hero.”

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