Once Wright-Philips’ cross found no one else but an unmarked Emmanuel Adebayor yesterday, the outcome was inevitable.
Several ex-Gunners have returned to haunt mother club Arsenal and that feat repeated on Saturday.
Anelka and Aliadiere are most recent culprits and another man with the letter “A” heading his name headed in a goal to prove a point to the club where he was manufactured into a recognized footballer.
But in Adebayor’s case, he chose to be innovative with his goal celebration.
Neither Anelka nor Aliadiere could help but claim plaudits when they scored, but for Adebayor, he had dreamt to taunt his old fans. And so he did.
Once he began his unending sprint across the pitch, there was only one memory that sprung into mind. And that was the famous ‘Henry vs Tottenham’ moment.
Similarly, Adebayor ended his race by sliding towards the faces of the opposition’s fans.
But he may now realize that was a Henry imitation gone bad, because he faced a much different fate from that of Arsenal’s icon after that choice of celebration.
Unlike Adebayor, Henry did not attract random objects when he arrived in front of his rival fans, he did not cause a major feud in the stands, neither did the FA decide to sanction him, and the image of the incident was revered by most of the football world afterwards.
He may have occasionally finished like Henry in front of goal, but will hardly get away with imitating him in front of rival fans.
These were not Tottenham fans he insulted.