By Richard Clarke
Emmanuel Adebayor has scored twice the amount of goals Arsène Wenger expected of him this season.
The Togolese striker took his season's tally to 30 with a hat-trick in the 6-2 demolition of Derby on Monday. Only Ian Wright and Thierry Henry have achieved the same feat for Arsenal in the Premier League era.
Adebayor also hit three when the Rams came to Emirates Stadium in September so the 24-year-old set a minor milestone at Pride Park. He is the only player to achieve home and away hat-tricks against the same team since the Premier League began.
"I didn't think Adebayor would reach 30 goals this season," said Arsène Wenger after the game. "I thought he would get 15.
"In this team you can score goals when you play up front because we always go forward and you get good service.
"But, I feel there is more in his locker than what he is doing at the moment. You cannot ask a striker to score 50 goals but if he repeats this amount every year, that is a mark of class."
Arsenal's top scorers in the Premier League Season Player Goals In League 1992/93 Ian Wright 30 15 1993/94 Ian Wright 35 23 1994/95 Ian Wright 30 18 1995/96 Ian Wright 23 15 1996/97 Ian Wright 30 23 1997/98 Dennis Bergkamp 22 16 1998/99 Nicolas Anelka 19 17 1999/00 Thierry Henry 26 17 2000/01 Thierry Henry 22 17 2001/02 Thierry Henry 32 24 2002/03 Thierry Henry 32 24 2003/04 Thierry Henry 39 30 2004/05 Thierry Henry 30 25 2005/06 Thierry Henry 33 27 2006/07 Robin van Persie 13 11 2007/08 Emmanuel Adebayor 30 24Copyright 2017 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