Revival: Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor scores against Manchester United after new coach Tim Sherwood restored him to the side. Photo: NIGEL RODDIS
Emmanuel Adebayor's return to form has ensured Tottenham head into their FA Cup third round clash at Arsenal with renewed confidence they can overcome their north London rivals on Sunday.
Adebayor has scored four times in five appearances since being restored to the team by new manager Tim Sherwood after a spell in exile under previous boss Andre Villas-Boas.
The Togo striker continued his impressive revival with the opening goal in Tottenham's 2-1 win at Manchester United on Wednesday.
And Spurs left-back Danny Rose believes the strike partnership between Adebayor and Roberto Soldado is one of the reasons behind the side's recent renaissance.
Adebayor, who left Arsenal for Manchester City in acrimonious circumstances, will relish the chance to torment his old club this weekend.
"Obviously no disrespect to Andre (Villas-Boas) but playing one up front has been a bit frustrating and hard for Soldado at times," Rose said.
"It is just nice that he has got a bit of help up there with Adebayor.
"Adebayor didn't play a game since pre-season until a few weeks ago but his energy levels have been brilliant.
"He has been like a new signing. He has scored three or four goals in his last four games and it is brilliant for us."
Rose admits he is pleased to see Adebayor, expected to be fit despite coming off with a knock during the United win, involved again after a frustrating season and a half under Villas-Boas.
"The first season under Harry Redknapp there were no questions about his (Adebayor's) attitude," Rose said.
"I can't speak for last season because I was out on loan but when I came back in pre-season, his attitude was fine.
"Obviously there was a bit of a disagreement between him and Andre but it is finished now.
"We are all grateful that he is back in the team. He hasn't got a point to prove but he is playing as if he has and he looks fresh and is causing teams a lot of trouble."