By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger has urged Arsenal fans to show some respect for Emmanuel Adebayor.
The striker is expected to line-up against the Gunners on Saturday for the first time since leaving Emirates Stadium in July.
Wenger believes Adebayor did a good job during his three-and-a-half seasons at Arsenal, developing quickly once he had arrived from Monaco.
"We were very happy [with him]," said Wenger. "It shows you that when players come here they don’t waste their time. They develop well. He improved well in a short space of time."
But the Arsenal manager admits that after some disappointing performances last season, Adebayor became a scapegoat with the fans owing to press speculation regarding his future.
"Last season there was a bit of a grey area at some stage. It was because of the question 'Does he go or not go'? That is why."
And the Frenchman now wants to see Arsenal supporters show their appreciation to the Togo international.
"I want all our former players to be respected, they have done things for the Club and they should get respect."Copyright 2016 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