Adebayor apologises for dismissal

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has apologised for costing his team the game against Arsenal after being dismissed in their 5-2 loss to the Gunners.

A surprised Adebayor receives his marching orders.

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Adebayor looked on course to be the hero for the Lilywhites after his early goal had given his side the lead against Arsenal, but the Togo international undid all his good work with a reckless challenge on Gunners midfielder Santi Cazorla eight minutes later which earned him a deserved red card.

The Gunners took full advantage of their numerical advantage to dominate the game and they duly dispatched Spurs with goals from Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Cazorla and Theo Walcott doing the damage.

Although Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has refused to blame Adebayor for the loss, the 28-year-old striker has admitted that it was his dismissal which eventually allowed the Gunners to take the crucial win, but claimed he did not mean to hurt Cazorla with his tackle.

Speaking to the Sun, a distraught Adebayor said: "I completely understand my sending off changed the entire outcome of the game and I whole-heartedly apologise to my team-mates, the manager and all the Tottenham fans for letting them down.

"But I must stress that my challenge was not malicious in any way whatsoever.

"I was genuinely trying to win the ball and probably stretched my foot out a bit too far in the heat of the moment.

"Nobody could have felt more devastated than me as I walked off the pitch.

"I so much wanted to help Tottenham win and thought for a moment that I'd actually set that win up when I scored, but football changes so quickly.

"One minute a hero, the next a villain."

Spurs are currently eighth in the table on 17 points and will take on high-flying West Ham in their next league fixture.

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