Emmanuel Adebayor
Tottenham are hoping to keep Adebayor. REUTERS

Emmanuel Adebayor is using his past experiences of playing for title winning teams to inspire the Tottenham squad to move past their demoralising defeat to Arsenal, and concentrate on challenging the league leaders.

Adebayor spent time at clubs including Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid, and knows what it takes to rise above the competition to win trophies.

And as Tottenham fall 10 points behind title leaders City, the striker insists that all is not lost yet, and how Spurs react to the defeat will define them as a club this season.

"If you want to be champions these games against the likes of Manchester United are the kind of games we have to be winning," Adebayor told Tottenham's official website.

"The Arsenal game has been a tough one, the defeat is very heavy, but we have to carry on.

"We have to keep focused. We have to show character in front of our fans and manage to win that game."

Tottenham were up 2-0 within 35 minutes of the match, and Adebayor admitted that concentration was lost in the assurance of the scoreline, which the Gunners were able to equalise by the 43<sup>rd minute.

"After my penalty I thought game was over, but they showed good character, played some good football and came back so congratulations to Arsenal," he explained.

"Unfortunately we didn't manage to beat them but the season is long, we just have to keep focused and keep going."

Tottenham now move on to face Manchester United this weekend, and Adebayor is hoping that Spurs can bounce back quickly to stop their north London rivals from getting any closer to third spot as the season hits the business end.

He added: "After losing 5-2 to Arsenal we can't ask for a bigger challenge than playing Manchester United, but we are looking forward to it. It will be a tough game but I think we are ready for it.

"We just have to show personality and character and bounce back as quickly as possible."