Man City's Adebayor pleads innocence over Van Persie clash
He said: “I was trying to kick the ball, I saw him tackle in front and I did not have any time to get out.
“I am trying to kick the ball, I think my feet touched his head. I told him straightaway that I am sorry and I told him at the end of the match. It was going to be a physical game.”
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said: “I do not want to assess his performance because he is not my player.
“I have not seen the incident with van Persie, but his celebrations were not of the biggest elegance. That is out of my control.”