Emmanuel Adebayor 'will keep cool' on Arsenal return says Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp

 

Harry Redknapp is confident that Emmanuel Adebayor will be able to keep his cool during his first outing at the Emirates Stadium as a Tottenham player.

Tottenham and Arsenal issued a joint statement yesterday calling for calm ahead of Sunday's hotly-anticipated north London derby, which has been given an extra edge due to Adebayor's colourful history with the Gunners.

Spurs won the reverse fixture 2-1 back in October, but the game was marred by a series of unsavoury chants from both sets of fans.

A section of the away support sparked outrage by directing chants about the gun attack on Togo players in Angola towards Adebayor, while some Spurs fans directed personal abuse at Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal fans' hostility towards Adebayor stretches back to 2009 when, shortly after leaving the club for Manchester City, he sprinted the length of the pitch at Eastlands to celebrate in front of the Gunners supporters in his first game against the London club.

Given that he now plays for Arsenal's fiercest rivals, Adebayor can expect even more of a barracking on Sunday, but Redknapp is sure that his star striker will be able to handle the pressure.

"I'm sure he will enjoy going back there," the Tottenham manager said.

"He played well against them at home this year so I don't think it will be a problem.

"I suppose he will get some stick, that goes with the territory when you go back to your old clubs, but I'm sure he can handle it.

"Hopefully he will keep his cool and that's what he needs to do."

Redknapp admitted after October's derby win that he was "disgusted" by the chants about Adebayor.

The Spurs boss, whose team will go 13 points clear of the Gunners if they win, echoed the two clubs' call for Sunday's match to be remembered for the right reasons.

"I don't know why people have to shout abuse and filth at people," Redknapp said.

"I don't understand it. We didn't do it when I was a kid going to watch football. I hope they can go and enjoy the game on Sunday, get behind their team and get on with the game. Don't go there to abuse other people. That doesn't make sense."

Tottenham have spent the best part of the last two decades playing second fiddle to Arsenal, who have been the dominant team in north London throughout Arsene Wenger's stewardship.

But Spurs are now seen as the strongest side in the capital after opening up 10-point lead over both Arsenal and Chelsea.

Redknapp has already worked wonders since moving to Tottenham, transforming the club from relegation candidates to title challengers in little over three years, but he is now hoping the club can go one step further by becoming the capital's top club for years to come.

"I want to be London's top club this year," he said.

"To dominate London would be very difficult because you have two very strong teams in Arsenal and Chelsea.

"They are always going to be there or thereabouts and Tottenham will be as well.

"We have to keep improving. That depends on your ambition and the chairman is ambitious here.

"There is no reason why the club can't keep improving and pushing on."

Spurs have not completed a league double over Arsenal in 19 years but they go in to Sunday's game with a great chance of taking three points.

They have lost just four Barclays Premier League games all season and sit only seven points behind leaders Manchester City. Arsenal, on the other hand, are currently enduring their worst period of Wenger's 16-year-stewardship and have all but given up of winning any silverware.

Some sections of the Arsenal support have suggested their recent failings indicate that Wenger has lost his touch, but Redknapp thinks they would be wrong to dispose of the Frenchman.

"Look at his record, it's fantastic," the 64-year-old said.

"He's brought them Champions League football for how many years running? Fifteen is it? Fantastic. An amazing achievement. What he has done at Arsenal has been incredible."

Rafael van der Vaart, Adebayor, Luka Modric and Benoit Assou-Ekotto all missed last weekend's game at Stevenage but are expected to play on Sunday, leaving Redknapp with an almost full-strength squad to choose from.

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
filmReview: A week late, Secret Cinema arrives as interactive screening goes Back to the Future
Travel
travel
Arts and Entertainment
Sydney and Melbourne are locked in a row over giant milk crates
artCultural relations between Sydney and Melbourne soured by row over milk crate art instillation
Arts and Entertainment
Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux play teeneage lovers in the French erotic drama 'Blue Is The Warmest Colour' - The survey found four times as many women admitting to same-sex experiences than 20 years ago
filmBlue Is The Warmest Colour, Bojack Horseman and Hobbit on the way
Arts and Entertainment
Preparations begin for Edinburgh Festival 2014
Edinburgh festivalAll the best shows to see at Edinburgh this year
News
Two giraffes pictured on Garsfontein Road, Centurion, South Africa.
i100
News
Kenny Ireland, pictured in 2010.
peopleBenidorm, actor was just 68
Environment
View from the Llanberis Track to the mountain lake Llyn
Du’r Arddu
environmentA large chunk of Mount Snowdon, in north Wales, is up for sale
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
News
Morrissey pictured in 2013
people
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices