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Adebayor: We learned one Hull of a lesson from that defeat

PUBLISHED: 17:44 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:19 22 July 2010

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR believes that Arsenal s shock defeat by Hull City on Saturday has taught the Gunners a valuable lesson for the rest of the season. Adebayor and Arsenal were back in form on Tuesday night with the 4-0 thrashing of Porto at the Emirates, b

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR believes that Arsenal's shock defeat by Hull City on Saturday has taught the Gunners a valuable lesson for the rest of the season.

Adebayor and Arsenal were back in form on Tuesday night with the 4-0 thrashing of Porto at the Emirates, but the Togolese striker wants Saturday's 2-1 defeat to the Premier League new boys to stay in the minds of the players as they head to Sunderland on Saturday.

"What happened against Hull can happen in life - these things can happen and you have to accept it, but we learned a good lesson from that game," Adebayor told the Gazette.

"We knew we had to show more character and more quality and I think we did that quite well [against Porto]. We got the three points and are top of the group and that is what we wanted.

Of course the manager was angry after Saturday's game and that is normal. We don't really know what happened in that game but as I said we have learned a lot of things from it.

"In every single game you have to give 100 per cent. Now we are keeping that in our heads for Saturday's game - we know it is going to be difficult, it is an away game and we have to show what we can do."

Adebayor and strike partner Robin van Persie both scored twice as the Gunners crushed the Portuguese champions to move to the top of Group G with two games played.

A win in their next game against Fenerbahce on October 21 would put them within touching distance of the knockout stages, but Adebayor is not looking that far ahead yet.

"There is a long way to go in the Champions League," he added. "We are very pleased we got the three points against Porto and the most important thing at the moment is just to try and win the group.

"Of course we want to go a long way in this competition and if possible back to the final but we can't think about that yet and we don't want to.

"We just need to play like we did against Porto and everything will be fine."

Arsene Wenger was also delighted with the display, but wants his side to show a better level of consistency after two defeats in their opening six league games.

"It's difficult to measure if it was our best performance of the season but maybe it was the most complete performance.

"The most important thing was to respond quickly [to the Hull defeat] in a convincing way and that is what we have done.

"But it's only half the response I wanted - the other half is on Saturday at Sunderland.


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