Mancini backs Adebayor to stay cool

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Roberto Mancini is confident Emmanuel Adebayor will learn the lessons of past mistakes and keep his focus purely on the football at Arsenal on Saturday.

The striker returns to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since his controversial £25 million exit from Arsenal last summer, and the first time since his stormy appearance against the Gunners earlier this season.

Adebayor was handed a four-match ban for raking his studs down the face of former team-mate Robin van Persie, an action which drew an angry verbal response from the Dutchman.

That incident would have been bad enough had it not come straight after an ill-advised goal celebration from the forward, when he raced the full length of the field to slide right in front of the Gunners' supporters after scoring against his old club.

As someone who was not even at Manchester City at the time, Mancini can look back at the incident from a detached perspective.

However, with points now vital in the battle for fourth spot, the Italian accepts Adebayor cannot afford to let himself get sidetracked again.

"I remember the game against Arsenal. I watched it on TV," recalled Mancini.

"I don't know why it happened but in that first game Emmanuel made a mistake.

"On Saturday it is important he only concentrates on Manchester City because Emmanuel is important to us when he is doing that.

"If he scores another goal I will be happy but it is important we don't have another situation like the first one."

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