Tottenham striker Adebayor: I won't pull out of tackles
He immediately apologised after Spurs went on to lose 5-2 to their bitter rivals.
But the Togo international, 28, says he did not mean to harm Cazorla - and taking away his aggression is not an option for a player desperate for success.
He told The Sun: "I can't change who I am, or how I play the game.
"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."