Adebayor says sorry to Arsenal fans

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor admits he regrets running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal fans back in 2009.

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Adebayor had upset Arsenal fans by leaving to join Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester City, and when the two teams met at the Etihad Stadium in 2009 the Togolese striker further enraged his one-time followers with an ill-advised celebration.

Adebayor netted twice for City in a 4-2 win and then sprinted towards his ex-club's fans before sliding on his knees. The act was widely condemned including by law enforcement officials who were not impressed that Adebayor was trying to incite the crowd in a negative fashion.

However, as he is set to face the Gunners again, this time in the hated colours of Tottenham, Adebayor appears keen to make up with his former supporters.

"What happened two years ago was an accident and I do apologise to all the fans of Arsenal. Sometime the emotions, we cannot control them, we are all human beings," Adebayor told talkSPORT.

"I regret what I have done and I say sorry to everyone but at the end of the day sorry doesn't change anything. For me it's over.

"I'm looking forward to playing against Arsenal again on Sunday but believe me, if I have a chance to score, trust me I will score but as for the celebration, never in my life will I do something like that again.

"It will be a funny game [on Sunday], it'll be fantastic. I have a chance to play against Arsenal again, the club that gave me the chance to be where I am today. I have a huge respect for the club."

Adebayor will certainly be a marked man on Sunday as he has made a terrific start to life at White Hart Lane by scoring three goals in three games since joining on loan from City.

"I'm having a good time at training every day," Adebayor said.

"We're having a big laugh and I find myself already in the squad as if I have been playing for Tottenham for ages.

"We defend together and we attack together. We have a lot of good players, Gareth Bale, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Luka Modric, they're all fantastic players."

Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone has been ruled out as he requires another operation to clear up a long-term ankle injury.

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