By Richard Clarke
At the moment Emmanuel Adebayor just wants respect for the way his side are performing - the trophies can come later.
The in-form Arsenal striker seems to have a longer memory than some of the British media. Before the season began Arsène Wenger's were widely considered to be in serious dangerous of slipping out of the top four places. Now they are receiving the highest praise after a sensational start.
Arsenal have beaten the dangerous Sevilla 3-0 in their opening
Champions League Group H tie while Saturday's 5-0 drubbing of
Derby put them two points clear at the top of the Premier League
with a game in hand. Speaking after that game, Adebayor dismissed
title talk at this stage, he was much more interested in changing
"I don't care about that," he said. "I don't want people to think that we will win the title or the Champions League. I just want them to respect us for what we are doing at the moment.
"I think they [are altering their attitudes]. Recently I read the newspapers and people are changing a little bit. In the summer it was very difficult. We just want to prove to people that they are wrong so at the moment we just will keep our focus and do our job."
Of course, the season is only six weeks old and, in the next six weeks, Arsenal will face Liverpool and Manchester United, two direct title rivals.
"A lot of people say that these will be test games," replied Adebayor. "But then when we played against Sevilla people said it was a test game.
"For me there are no test games. We just go out and try to win."