By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger believes there are more important issues at hand this weekend than Emmanuel Adebayor.

The former Arsenal striker has been the centre of attention in the build-up to Sunday’s North London derby, largely because he caused controversy by celebrating a goal for Manchester City in front of Gunners fans two seasons ago.

Adebayor has since won over the Tottenham faithful after starting his White Hart Lane career with three goals and an assist. There is plenty of hype around his next meeting with Arsenal but the man who brought the Togo international to England is keen to play that down.

“There was a controversial situation at Man City last year that was inappropriate. He apologised for it but we do not want to focus on that kind of subject before the game,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“I do not believe that Adebayor is underrated. People know that he is a very good player so our back four will be vital in this game of course. But overall the more pressure we put on them the less it will be on our defence.

“In this kind of game you want full commitment from everybody but you have to think. We have positive memories [of this fixture] because we didn't ever forget to play our game and that is the focus that is important. Be cool and focus on the play.”

The full interview with Wenger is now available on Arsenal Player.

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30 Sep 2011