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Adebayor loving his Arsenal rewind

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Emmanuel Adebayor insists he has rediscovered the scoring touch that made him into a star at Arsenal as he continues to lead Tottenham's push for the Champions League.

Frozen out at Spurs earlier this season under former boss Andre Villas-Boas, Adebayor has scored nine times in 12 games since Tim Sherwood took the reins at White Hart Lane.

His double in Spurs' 4-0 win at Newcastle took his tally to five goals in as many Premier League matches.

Adebayor found the back of the net 46 times in 104 appearances for Arsenal. His breakthrough season came in 2007-08 when he scored 30 goals to earn a place in the PFA Team of the Year.

He failed to hit the same heights again during spells at Manchester City, Real Madrid and his first two seasons at Spurs - but now insists he is thriving again under Sherwood's guidance.

"The last time I was scoring like this was at Arsenal," said Adebayor following the win at St James' Park.

"The manager gave me a chance to play and has a big belief in me. The aim is to keep enjoying my football and see what I can achieve."

Spurs remain three points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, and Sherwood was quick to single out the performance of Adebayor at Newcastle.

Sherwood said: "He's an example for all young players to look up to - someone who applies himself on and off the pitch. He is a real credit to the club at this moment in time.

"He never leaves anything on the training field, he works very, very hard and mirrors that in matches."

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