The London Evening Standard says Adebayor greeted Arsenal club staff in the tunnel before kick-off but was said to be "brimming with nervous energy" while repeatedly glancing towards the away dressing room.
It is understood he arrived at the ground hours before the game began and could be seen warming up on the pitch alongside a member of City's coaching staff long before his team-mates were on the pitch.
After a series of heavy challenges - the first of which came from Nicklas Bendtner with only six minutes played - Adebayor waited to kick off the second half by exchanging passes with Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
Although the pair worked well in tandem in their days at Emirates Stadium, Fabregas merely poked the ball back to Adebayor, who instead played the ball to a more receptive Alex Song.
It was noticeable that Adebayor's pre-match interview he claimed "it will be funny playing against players who I see like brothers such as Song, [Gael] Clichy and Emmanuel Eboue" as it was these three players who were among the first to embrace him at the final whistle.