Emmanuel Adebayor almost caused a riot when he scored against Arsenal in Sept. 2009. Having left the Gunners for Manchester City during the previous summer, he enraged the travelling Arsenal fans with a provocative goal celebration at Etihad Stadium.
That goal was supposed to herald the brightest period of Adebayor’s career, but it didn’t pan out that way. The Togolese striker would later fall out with City manager Roberto Mancini, and he was cast out of the Sheikdom within 15 months of that famous goal.
On Saturday, Adebayor, now a Tottenham Hotspur player, faced Arsenal in a hot-blooded North London derby. It was always going to be a pivotal game for the player, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas and the club itself.
Adebayor scored after 10 minutes, reaffirming his status as a villain in the eyes of his former fans. But this time, there would be no 15-month grace period. Things went sour just seven minutes later when he was sent off for a rash tackle on Santi Carzola. Arsenal ti...