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Adebayor Ready To Face Arsenal In FA Cup Say Spurs

posted 3 Jan 2014, 13:49 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 3 Jan 2014, 13:50 ]

ENFIELD, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JANUARY 3, 2014) (REUTERS) -  Emmanuel Adebayor, who was carried off on a stretcher during Tottenham Hotspur's 2-1 win at Manchester United on New Year's Day, is fit and will start against his former club Arsenal in the FA Cup third round on Saturday (January 4).

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That was not the only good news for Spurs on the injury front as Jermain DefoeAndros Townsend andLewis Holtby were all back in training on Friday after being sidelined with various ailments.

Tottenham will meet Arsenal in the Cup for the first time since losing 2-1 to their North London rivals in the semi-finals in 2001 and Spurs new coach Tim Sherwood cannot wait to face their fiercest rivals at The Emirates.

"Yeah, it would have been nice if it was a respite, wouldn't it? But when that name comes out of the hat, Arsenal, and you are playing at the Emirates, it is impossible isn't it," Sherwood told reporters at their training ground in Enfield, London, on Friday (January 3).

"It is the biggest game for this football club and we have to show the competition the respect and also our fans the respect to take the team there and try to win the game," he added.

Spurs' new boss was in an upbeat mood after they beat Manchester United 2-1 on New Year's Day and took 10 points from his first four league matches in charge.

"It helps it when you win at Manchester United didn't it? This is a massive game for us and I think it obviously boosts your confidence when you go to places like that so yes there is a lift in confidence and we are fully confident going into this game at the Emirates," Sherwood said.

The 44 year-old biggest achievement so far was to help the revival of Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayorwho was cast aside by previous sacked coach Andre Villas-Boas and has now scored four goals in the last five League and Cup matches.

Sherwood reassured his opposing manager that the 29 year-old Togolese striker will be on the pitch against his former club, having recovered from "various cramps".

"I think if Arsene Wenger saw him limping off at Old Trafford, I am sure there was a lot of pleased Arsenal fans and management and players but unfortunately he is going to be walking out against them tomorrow," Sherwood said with a smile.

Last season at Arsenal, Adebayor scored twice to give Spurs the lead and was then sent off seven minutes later as the Gunners exploited his absence to end up 5-2 winners in a league match.

Arsenal are coping with a long injury list with strikers Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner set to miss the game along with midfielder Aaron Ramsey (thigh) and defender Kieran Gibbs (calf) while playmakerMezut Ozil is battling for match fitness.

Form often counts for nothing in cup derbies, but both sides enter the match in good spirits with Arsenal top of the Premier League table and Spurs having taken 10 points from a possible 12 over the Christmas holiday period.

Arsenal have lost only once at home to Spurs in any match since 1993 and will be looking to follow up their 1-0 league win in September, which came after successive 5-2 home league wins over Spurs.