By Richard Clarke
Emmanuel Adebayor has warned his Arsenal team-mates that previous wins over the Big Four will count for nothing when Liverpool arrive at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
This weekend’s game will be crucial for both teams. Rafa Benitez’ side have led the Premier League for much of the campaign but have slipped up recently after three successive draws at Anfield. Arsenal, meanwhile, are still playing catch-up after a couple of surprise defeats early in the season.
That said, Wenger’s men have won both games against fellow members of the so-called Big Four. Yet, according to Adebayor, those 2-1 wins should be the last thing on their minds on Sunday.
“We have to forget about what we have done against Chelsea and Manchester United,” said the striker. “We have done that so the most important thing is just to keep focussed against Liverpool.
“If we think because we have beaten Man United at home, Chelsea away so we are going to win easily against Liverpool then we have got everything wrong.
“Every weekend comes a massive game, massive game, massive game for us. [Each is] the game of the season. We all know how important this is for the Club so we will just try to keep our dreams alive.
“For us the most important thing is to keep positive. We have a good chance because we play at Emirates Stadium in front of our own fans. We always play quite well there.”
Last season Liverpool knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League at the Quarter-Final stage in dramatic fashion. It still rankles with Adebayor but, at the same time, adds to the allure of one of the most glamorous fixtures on the English calendar.
“For sure, they broke our dreams last season,” said the 25-year-old. “But what they have done they have done. That happened last season. The most important thing is what we want to achieve now.
“All the people will be talking about it and that will make it a big game for everybody.
“As a player you dream of playing in these big games. When I was young I had a chance to watch Arsenal against teams likes Liverpool and Manchester United. Now I have a chance to be in those games.
“That is why I say to myself whenever I wear the shirt I have to keep giving 100 per cent.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 15 Dec 2008