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Feb 21, 2008

Adebayor determined not to dwell on horror miss

Emmanuel Adebayor insists he will not dwell on his stoppage-time miss against Champions League holders AC Milan - and maintains Arsenal have the 'fight' to get a result at the San Siro in a fortnight's time.

The Togo forward - who had netted 22 goals, including strikes in nine successive matches - was presented with a golden opportunity to give the Gunners a psychological edge when the ball dropped to him four yards out from Theo Walcott's right-wing cross.

However, Adebayor could only crash his point-blank header against the bar, which proved to be the last meaningful action of an intriguing encounter which ended goalless.

Arsenal would certainly have been worthy of their victory, as the home side dominated for long spells, particularly at the start of the second half, as the European champions were made to look ordinary and World Player of the Year Kaka largely ineffective.

However, Arsene Wenger's young side - who lost defender Kolo Toure early on with a calf injury which will rule him out for three weeks - must now score an away goal, or come through the lottery of penalties if they are to progress to the quarter-finals of Europe's elite club competition.

Adebayor, who turns 24 next week, still cannot understand why he could not put away what was a gilt-edged chance and should have been bread and butter to a striker of his calibre.

However, the gangly African is now fully focused on the challenge which lies ahead.

'I cannot even explain what happened,' Adebayor said. 'That is football, and is what we are made of.

'I had an amazing chance, but I put the ball onto the bar. That, though, is what it is like - sometimes everything is okay, and sometimes the ball just does not want to go into the net.

'But as a striker the most important thing is to be creating the chances. Hopefully I will put one in at the San Siro.'

AC Milan have not been beaten by an English side at their home ground, although the Gunners did record a famous 5-1 victory over city rivals Inter there during 2003.

'We know it is going to be very difficult in Milan, but we are ready for it,' Adebayor continued. 'We just have to fight for the team, and maybe then one ball will go into the net.

'A score draw will do, but it is important to think about winning. The belief is very high.

'We know Cesc Fabregas and Alex Hleb can score at any time and hopefully Tomas Rosicky will be back by then. We hope to pass through Milan.'