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Adebayor injury blow hits Arsenal

Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor is taken off against Stoke and is Arsenal's top scorer this season

Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been ruled out of action for three weeks with an ankle injury suffered in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Stoke.

The 24-year-old sustained the injury after a tackle from Ryan Shawcross.

The Stoke defender's challenge drew a furious response from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who accused the home side of overly aggressive tactics.

And Adebayor will now miss league games against Manchester United, Aston Villa, Manchester City and possibly Chelsea.

The Gunners are due to play fellow Londoners on 30 November.

The Togolese striker will also miss the Champions League games with Fenerbahce and Dynamo Kiev.


Stoke City chairman Peter Coates strongly rejected Wenger's claims that his team played in a dirty manner.

"I'm sure that none of our players would deliberately go out to injure anyone," Coates said.

Fellow forward Theo Walcott was also injured in Saturday's defeat.

Adebayor has nine goals this season, five in the league, and is Arsenal's top scorer.

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