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Arsenal boss Wenger admits not re-signing Tottenham's Adebayor over principle

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has explained turning down the chance to re-sign Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Adebayor, who left the Emirates in a £25million move to Manchester City in 2009, is set to star on-loan for Tottenham against his former club today.

Many Gunners supporters would like to see the striker back.

But boss Wenger said: "It does not make sense to sell a player and then get him back on loan.

"Once you move forward, you move forward. We had strikers - Chamakh, Park and Van Persie."

Wenger will hardly need telling the fans could turn on him if they lose today.

But he insisted: "At the moment I believe that Tottenham are a good club but I believe we can compete with them."

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