Adebayor apologises for controversial celebration against Arsenal - five years on

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has finally apologised for the controversial way that he celebrated against Arsenal for Manchester City in 2009.

Few players have played for both North London clubs. Arsenal and Tottenham are fierce enemies who renewed their rivalry last weekend, with defender Sol Campbell the most notable of the players to have played for both sides. Yet striker Emmanuel Adebayor is another, and he started for Spurs at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, returning to his former club once again after five years away.

Whilst playing for Spurs would naturally make Adebayor an enemy to Arsenal fans, it was the way he left the club for Manchester City in 2009 that has made him such a source of hatred for Gunners. The Togolese international jumped ship in order to join the City revolution for £25m, with Arsenal fans citing money as the reason for his departure.

However, worse was still to come. Adebayor scored against Arsenal just a month into life at the Etihad Stadium, and proceeded to run the length of the pitch to celebrate on his knees in front of the travelling Gunners support - which was met with abuse and a whole host of missiles being thrown in his direction.

Now with Tottenham, Adebayor has apologised for his actions - over five years after his controversial moment.

"I regret that," Adebayor said. "People have to know as well we are human beings. When you give someone a stick, even if you keep abusing your son or daughter at home, you have to expect a reaction one day from him or her. That is what I have done, but for me it is behind. Obviously if I score against Arsenal I will not run full pitch and will not slide on my knees again," he added.

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