By Richard Clarke

Emmanuel Adebayor is in free-scoring form for Arsenal as a lone front man but he still wishes Thierry Henry was alongside him.

The captain will be out until the New Year with a hamstring problem. Adebayor has stepped into his boots with aplomb hitting three goals in the five games Henry has missed but the Togolese striker still wants his strike partner back as quickly as possible.

"It is more difficult without Thierry," said Adebayor. "With him, we'll have more chances to score. Thierry is the best player in England and we are looking for him to come back. If he had been here on Saturday he could have scored one goal, two goals who knows?"

In Henry's absence, Adebayor has won over the Arsenal fans in recent games. It is something he has noticed.

"That is very important to me," he said. "I am a young player and I have come to London only one year ago. If supporters are taking me to their hearts and singing my name then it helps you to just play well on the pitch with your confidence at 100 per cent.

"I will just play for them and give all I have in my heart for them. I only had 30 minutes against Portsmouth and I was very tired but I gave everything I could."

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Richard Clarke 18 Dec 2006