Arsenal's Adebayor: I get hammered from first minute

Arsenal striker Manu Adebayor has revealed how he is tested from the first minute by defenders in Premiership games.

Adebayor, 23, said: "It usually happens in the first few minutes when the first ball comes over.

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They hit me - bang - and I think, 'What is happening?' I just say, 'Shut up, I want to play'.

"They are trying to wind me up. It happens all the time. A lot of English defenders are like that whereas in Africa it's different, we enjoy just going out and playing.

"The defenders are, I suppose, trying to tell me they are there. But I say, 'Look, I'm there also. I'm there in the first minute and I'll be there in the last minute'.

"I'm happy if the cameras don't catch these type of things. They are not so good for football and it's better for children watching on TV not to see them.

"But I don't go to the referee and complain. I haven't got time to do that and, anyway, it's not what we do at Arsenal.

"The most important thing is winning the game, not what the referee thinks. We need to keep our focus and play our football."

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