Emmanuel Adebayor fires himself back into Man City frame

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Emmanuel Adebayor has put himself firmly in the frame to start against former club Arsenal after his hat-trick in Manchester City's 3-1 Europa League victory over Lech Poznan.

The Togo striker had been a peripheral figure at Eastlands during the opening months of the campaign but opened his account for the season with a treble against the Polish side.

Speaking afterwards, City boss Roberto Mancini suggested the former Arsenal striker is likely to retain his place when the Gunners arrive for a Premier League clash on Sunday.

"He's scored a hat-trick and he has a good chance of playing against Arsenal," he admitted.

"He gave an excellent performance. It was very important for us and for him. A striker needs to score goals and he scored three, so I'm happy for him."

City are now top of Group A and Mancini is happy with their unbeaten start in Europe.

"This was a good victory for us because we are first in the group now," he added.

"I watched Poznan four or five times, they are a good team. But we played very well in the first half. In the second half we started so-so.

"I thought they could be a problem but the third goal finished the game."

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