By Chris Harris
Emmanuel Adebayor is still in Arsène Wenger's plans for next season.
The Togo striker was one of the hottest properties in football after racking up 30 goals last term. But Adebayor has endured a difficult campaign at Emirates Stadium following a summer of speculation over his future, injury problems and a dip in form.
The 25-year-old is still being linked with a move away from the Club but, at his pre-match press conference, Wenger insisted that Adebayor has a future at Arsenal. Indeed, the manager has been encouraged by his striker's performances in training.
"I don't want to go especially into any individual assessment of who we want to keep and who not, at the moment, and Adebayor is part of our plans for the future," said Wenger.
"I believe he has been disturbed at the start [of the season] by a little bit of bad feeling from the fans because he was close to leave the Club. It unsettled him a little bit.
"After he had a big injury and he looks now in training very, very sharp and has come back to his best."
The latest Adebayor speculation surrounds a proposed move to Chelsea. Wenger is not selling but, if he was, he would have no problem with one of his players joining a big Premier League rival.
"If I feel that a player should go, or could go, why not sell him to one of the other top four?" he asked.
"It's unusual, but we sold Ashley Cole to Chelsea and we bought William Gallas, so you can never say I never do it, because I've already done it."Copyright 2014 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 May 2009