By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger does not believe there is a personal problem between Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner.

The relationship between the two Arsenal strikers had been under the spotlight ever since they briefly clashed in the Carling Cup Semi-Final second leg at Tottenham. Some observers have seized on certain events in the recent draws against Birmingham and Aston Villa as further evidence of a rift.

Wenger describes their relationship as "normal" but argues that, in any case, the team always take precedence over the individual at a football club.

"Frankly I don't know [how they get on]," he said. "I haven't seen any evidence that there is big friction there. There was one incident at Tottenham but they sorted it out.

"I believe they have a normal relationship but what is the most important thing in football is that you respect the game. You do what the game demands.

"The great players always do what the game wants. If I want to win and to win I have to give you the ball then if I'm a great player I still give you the ball.

"I don't know if they like each other or not but basically I don't see there is a problem. You don't have to be friends to play well together.

"For me the emotional sympathy is not a big importance for the big players. They are winners and they respect the game so much it goes above liking or disliking.

"You have issues like this in every team but I think they get on quite well. But once the suspicion is in people's heads they look at every single movement to see if there is a problem or not.

"But here I don't think there is one."

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Richard Clarke 3 Mar 2008