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Adebayor - Wenger will lift us for Old Trafford clash

By Richard Clarke

Emmanuel Adebayor has faith in Arsène Wenger to lift his side ahead of Sunday's trip to Manchester United.

The Premier League is now the only trophy Arsenal can win after they went out of the Champions League in dramatic fashion at Liverpool on Tuesday night. And the odds are against the Emirates Stadium side given Sir Alex Ferguson's team are six points clear of Wenger's men with Chelsea splitting the difference in second. It would seem that victory on Sunday is essential for any late comeback and the Arsenal players will need rejuvenation after that last-gasp loss at Anfield.

"We have the boss for that," said Adebayor after Tuesday's defeat. "He will talk about that for sure. We will meet in the dressing room [at the Training Ground] and he will tell us what to do.

"He has more experience than anyone here, and he knows the words to use so that we can come back on the pitch, be more successful and want it more.

"The most important thing now is to stay focused on what we can achieve this season. We are still playing for the title and we still believe we can win something at the end of the season.

"We were so close to the Champions League Semi-Finals but football decided it the other way. As a player, these things are very difficult to take.

"You have to be focussed to the end of the game. We scored, it was 2-2 with only a few minutes to go and I do not know how they managed to get a penalty.

"You can imagine it when you are within seven minutes we were in the Semi-Final - then that all went away.

"It is better now to focus on the game on Sunday. It will be another big game for us and we will see what we can do."


Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is doubtful for Sunday's massive Premier League clash with Manchester United.

The French midfielder had to be taken off before half-time during the Champions League quarter-final defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night after suffering a knock from a Steven Gerrard tackle.

Flamini was replaced by Gilberto, but the Brazilian failed to influence the game in the same way as the young Frenchman had.

Arsene Wenger's side know they must win at Old Trafford to have any hopes of claiming the Premier League title, and Gilberto insists the players still have their belief despite recent setbacks.

He said: "We cannot lose our belief now - let's not forget we played a very good game at Anfield.

"Sometimes you learn more through the pain of defeat, although nobody likes losing the chance of making a Champions League final.

"And if there is a lesson, it must be that we have to concentrate to the very end."

- The Daily Mail
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