I went too far, says Tottenham’s Adebayor after Arsenal red card

Emmanuel Adebayor concedes that he "went too far" during derby after the Tottenham striker's sending-off at Arsenal on Saturday

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Emmanuel Adebayor spent three-and-a-half seasons at Arsenal Photo: R Goraczniak, via Wikimedia

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Emmanuel Adebayor admits his “enthusiasm went too far” during Saturday’s north London derby at Arsenal after the Tottenham striker was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Santi Cazorla.

The Togolese forward had given the visitors the lead after 10 minutes but was shown a straight red card by referee Howard Webb for a high challenge on the Arsenal midfielder seven minutes later.

Arsene Wenger’s Gunners then mounted a comeback, eventually running out 5-2 winners at Emirates Stadium.

And although Adebayor admits the tackle was “rash”, he insists he cannot be accused of not “giving his all” to help Spurs.

“I can’t change who I am, or how I play the game, Adebayor, who spent three-and-a-half seasons at Arsenal, told the Sun.

“I will always go for it, I will never hide or be too afraid to get stuck in.

“Looking back, with the benefit of hindsight, yes it was rash. But equally, nobody can accuse me of ducking out, or not wanting to give it my all to try to help Tottenham.

“I will reflect long and hard on what I could have done differently because in the end my enthusiasm went too far.

“I have to accept responsibility for that. But my game is about passion and heart and I will never stop giving everything.”

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