By Richard Clarke

For Emmanuel Adebayor, Saturday's hard-fought victory over Manchester City proved that Arsenal are 'up for it' this season.

Cesc Fabregas won the game with a goal 10 minutes from time but only after Robin van Persie had missed a penalty midway through the second half. Adebayor was playing his first game of the season because of a groin injury but he could already sense a change in the side from last term.

"A lot of players have learned that we have to fight hard to win games," said the 23-year-old. "We know people say 'they are kids and don't want to play as soon as we kick them'.

"But we stand up for it and we are ready for it, if they kick us we are going to want to beat that person. They call us kids, they can call us men but we are ready and we will be up for it.

"That is what the game asked for [on Saturday]. It was a difficult game. They played very well and defended very well but the boss told us to be patient and we kept going which is the important thing. It was an amazing goal from Fabregas."

Arsenal were worth their win but you would have bet against it when Kasper Schmeichel blocked that spot-kick from Van Persie. Adebayor believes his side are less likely to be affected by such blips these days.

"Maybe in the past [it might] but we believe in ourselves to score and we can score at any moment," he said. "But we are confident and happy to have won.

"All week people said they would defend well, play well and we would have to keep on going. I think the team have proved that we can score at any moment, whatever part of the game. That is very good for the confidence."

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Richard Clarke 27 Aug 2007