Adebayor: I’ll celebrate if I score against Spurs

He famously enraged Arsenal fans when he celebrated in front of them when he scored for Manchester City and Emmauel Adebayor says he won’t hold back should he score against Tottenham.

The Togo international infuriated Gunners supporters in 2009 when he ran from one end of the Etihad Stadium to the other and ended up sliding in front of the fans who once adored him.

His career at Manchester City didn’t go according to plan of course and after loan spells at Real Madrid and Tottenham, he finally joined Spurs in 2012, but that his time in North London also ended on a bad note.

After being released in 2015, Adebayor spent several months out of the game before signing for Crystal Palace during the January transfer window and, as fate would have it, his new club will travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday for an FA Cup fifth-round tie.

While many other players opt for muted celebrations against their former teams, Adebayor says he will celebrate.

“I play football, why am I not going to celebrate against Tottenham?” he said. “Today I don’t play for Tottenham. Scoring goals is what I do best in my career. If I score against Tottenham, trust me, I’m going to celebrate.

“If I’m on the pitch and I score and I’m not going to celebrate I would rather tell the manager I’m not going to play because what is the point of scoring goals and not celebrating?

“For me, apart from having my baby, the best thing is whenever I score my next goal. So if I score against Tottenham, I don’t know why I shouldn’t celebrate.

“I had my good times at Tottenham and I had my bad moment. Today they are having a good time as a club, I’m very happy for them, but I’m going there to play against them.”