By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger has defended Emmanuel Adebayor over his move to Manchester City, insisting the striker is not obsessed by money.

Adebayor has started his Manchester City career in superb form with three goals in four games, and will come up against his former Arsenal team-mates on Saturday.

Wenger is well aware of the danger the Togo international poses. He scored 62 goals in 142 Gunners appearances before leaving for Manchester in July.

"Adebayor has started the season on fire and we have to put that fire out," admitted Wenger.

But when asked if Adebayor moved for the money, the Frenchman was quick to defend his former striker.

"I personally don’t think that Adebayor was obsessed by money," he said.

"I must say that to be fair to him, and we can deal with that. We have a very fair financial potential.

"If you consider the Premier League you cannot say we are one of the bottom clubs financially."

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