Adebayor signs new Gunners deal

Arsenal forward Emmanuel Adebayor has signed a new, improved deal tying him to the club until 2012. The Togo international scored 30 goals last season, but was persistently linked with AC Milan and Barcelona during the summer.

However, a statement on the Gunners' official website read: "Arsenal can today confirm that Togolese forward Emmanuel Adebayor has signed a new long-term contract with the club. Everyone at Arsenal looks forward to Emmanuel's continued contribution to the club over the coming years."

Adebayor, 24, whom Arsenal signed from Monaco in January 2006, said on the eve of the new campaign he would be staying put after agreeing terms on a new deal worth a reported £80,000 per week. In pre-season friendly action, some fans barracked Adebayor amid the uncertainty over his future.

We have to get behind him and support him because he is a tremendous force and (he is of) tremendous importance for the team
Arsene Wenger tells fans to forget Emmanuel Adebayor's recent flirtation with a move away from Arsenal,

But manager Arsene Wenger expects him now to receive their full backing. " - you want your own fans to be behind him.

"What happened in the transfer period did not always reflect his deep desire and there was manipulation from agents on both sides, but overall I am positive he will recover. Every player needs to feel wanted. I think he is settled in his own mind. He has given a lot in the first two games."