By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes he has the Premier League's best striker in Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Togolese front man is bang in form at the moment with nine goals in his last seven games. His 16 strikes put him second in the top-flight scoring charts behind only Cristiano Ronaldo.
And, when you consider that Robin van Persie has been out for much of 2007 while Eduardo and Nicklas Bendtner have been undergoing a process of adaptation for much of the current campaign, it is easy to see why Wenger heaped praise on the 24-year-old at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Manchester City game.
"Adebayor is the best striker in the Premier League at the moment," said the Frenchman. "He's mobile, he's quick, he's not scared and he's brave. For me that's a fantastic quality, especially in England.
"He doesn't get enough credit for his touch. He has good feet, quick feet, and is a complete striker. He can still improve the timing of his runs as he sometimes gets caught offside, and, just with that, he can score 10 more goals each season.
"He's a strong character in the dressing room and a winner. He's a guy who made mistakes at the start of his career, and has realised here that there's another life rather than being easy.
"He smells that he can win, and is a winner. When he realised that he could live in the big world of top-class football players it changed him, and today he's a different animal, mainly mentally. He realised he wasted some time and it was time for him to be serious."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 1 Feb 2008