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Emmanuel Adebayor gives honest account of his infamous Arsenal celebration

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So Emmanuel Adebayor didn't endear himself with Arsenal fans when he ran the length of the pitch to celebrate scoring against them in 2009.

It's personal preference as to whether players should celebrate against their old teams with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Fernando Torres staunchly refusing, Danny Welbeck and David Luiz going for it and Robin van Persie trying his hand at both.

Then there's the aforementioned Adebayor who simply made the whole debate look like mere trivia.

The Togo international was a steady goal scorer at Arsenal across four seasons and finished with a record of 62 strikes in 142 appearances before jumping ship in 2009.

In signing for Manchester City, he paved the way for players such as Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna to follow the same path and he certainly infuriated Gooners in the process.

As a result, when Adebayor lined up against his old team for the first time in a sky blue jersey and promptly scored in a 4-2 romp, his celebration went down in history.

And while he's never made a secret of his motives, it's only now that Adebayor has spoken out about the 100 yard sprint, that earned him £25,000 fine and Premier League suspension, in such length.

You can't exactly criticise him for honesty, that's for sure.

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When asked why he did it, Adebayor answered: "The adrenaline. Afterwards, I got told the English FA wanted to give me a nice fine, but even if I would have had to pay €2m, considering what I went through, I would have still done it."

It seems he just didn't want to stop speaking about it, either.

“I wasn’t going to stand there, listening to five thousand people insult my family when they had nothing to do with it. During that moment, I felt like I weighed 20 kilos when I felt like I weighed 2000 kilos before the game," he continued.

“When I start to run, Wright-Phillips tries to catch me. He’s small, so a shoulder barge sends him flying. Then there was Barry, very slow: a quick juke move and he’s left behind. Around the centre circle was Kolo Touré, and he quickly realised it was better to just let me do my thing.

“When I slide on my knees, arms wide in front of the fans, I felt untouchable. People were throwing everything: phone, bottles of water. I never flinched. Everything flew past me. Pew, pew, like in the movies!

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“It was like having a sensation of being in prison for so many years and suddenly being told: ‘Brother, take the door and leave. Now, you are free’. That’s what I felt, a deliverance.”

Arsenal fans could at least take salvation in how quickly Adebayor's Manchester City career crashed and burned but his 2011 move to Tottenham made his feelings very clear.

Do you think Adebayor was punished harshly? Have your say in the comments section below.

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