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Arsene Wenger calls for Emmanuel Adebayor respect


Wenger wants fans to respect former players

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has called on fans to "respect" Emmanuel Adebayor and get behind the Gunners when they meet Manchester City on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was warned by the FA after celebrating his goal for Manchester City in front of Arsenal fans when the teams met last September.

"No matter what happened in the first game, it is important that we encourage our players," said Wenger.

"I expect everybody to behave well," added the Frenchman.

City won 4-2 at Eastlands early in the season, scoring three of their goals in the last 16 minutes.

As well as receiving a warning for running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of Gunners supporters, Adebayor was also banned for three games after clashing with Robin van Persie.


Wenger, who sold Adebayor to Man City for £25m last summer, accepts that emotion can often take control during a match, but insisted past misdemeanours should not affect the behaviour of the Gunners supporters.

"I am stubborn, but not stupid - sometimes in the heat of the moment you can do things that are not right," admitted Wenger.

"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.

"I believe more than ever tomorrow we will need the crowd to be behind us."

Adebayor's current team-mate and former Arsenal defender, Kolo Toure, believes his fellow African should be more relaxed in the return game.

"We all know what he did was not the best reaction - and as a friend I've told him that," Toure commented.

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"I've told him he must be calm and not do anything (provocative).

"Ade is a professional player and must just focus on the game and give everything to help the team win."

Saturday's match is a crucial one for City, who are locked in battle with Tottenham and Aston Villa for fourth place in the Premier League, which would secure a place in the Champions League next season.

After Arsenal, City face both Villa (1 May) and Spurs in consecutive games (5 May), before an away trip to West Ham on 9 May completes their season.

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Arsenal 0-0 Manchester City
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Adebayor handed three-match ban
17 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Adebayor hit with two FA charges
15 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Police probe Arsenal celebration
14 Sep 09 |  Manchester
Man City 4-2 Arsenal
12 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Adebayor finalises Man City move
18 Jul 09 |  Man City