Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp calms Adebayor derby fears

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is sure that Emmanuel Adebayor will be able to keep his cool in Sunday's north London derby.

Adebayor's early goalscoring record made him a cult hero at Arsenal, but he caused fury among Gunners fans by pleading for a move to Manchester City and then performing an outrageous goal celebration when playing for the Lancashire club against his former team-mates in 2009.

The striker's can expect an even more hostile reception from the Arsenal fans on Sunday, but Redknapp said: "There is always aggravation when players leave clubs but he will get on and hopefully play well."

Redknapp added: "William Gallas played against Arsenal last year and for me was the man of the match. He showed his character last year in that game and I am sure Manu will do the same on Sunday."

Redknapp's men are currently sixth in the Barclays Premier League after putting a poor start behind them to go on a three-match winning streak.

Arsenal have endured a miserable start to the season - they have only won two games - but the Spurs boss thinks it would be foolish to write off the Gunners' title chances so early.

Redknapp said: "I would not write Arsenal off. If you write Arsenal off in your newspaper you could be made to eat all those words.

"They are a good side with a great manager."


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