By Richard Clarke

Emmanuel Adebayor has hailed his partnership with Robin van Persie as "magnificent".

The front pair have hit 13 goals between them in Arsenal's superb start to the campaign. Although the tall, muscular Adebayor is a different kind of forward to the sleek, fleet-footed Van Persie, the Togo international believes their communication off the field has made them complimentary on it.

"The understanding between us is magnificent," he said. "That is what is giving us strength at the moment.

"He likes to have the ball at his feet more than I do. He likes to get off the front line and he has the technical skills to do that. I am tall, I can climb high and I can go deep. I am more of a pivot for the team.

"At the training ground in the 10 v 10 games and the 8 v 8 we are always on the same team. Automatically he tells me where he wants the ball to go and I'll tell him where I want it to go.

"We do enjoy each other's company and we talk a lot. There is a lot of discussion.
 "But there is no jealousy. If it is not me who scores then it is going to be him and that is good for the team."

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Richard Clarke 9 Oct 2007