Manchester City continued their 100 per cent start to the Premier League season with a 4-2 win over Arsenal in a pulsating match at Eastlands.
Despite dominating possession in the first half the Gunners found themselves 1-0 down following a Micah Richards header which ricocheted off the post onto the hapless Manuel Almunia's head before ending up in the back of the net.
Arsenal hit the ground running in the second half buoyed by the precision and thrust of Tomas Rosicky who returned to the starting lineup after 18 months on the sidelines.
When the Czech midfielder played in Robin van Persie to equalize for Arsenal the London side looked set to go on and win the game. But former Gooner Emmanuel Adebayor, who joined City during the summer for £25m, had other ideas.
The Togo international was in inspired form scoring The Citizen's third goal, after Craig Bellamy had put the Blues 2-1 up, and caused panic in the Arsenal defence anytime he got on the ball.
However, Adebayor's brilliant performance was marred by two controversial incidents. The Togo striker appeared to kick Robin van Persie in the face following a reckless two-footed tackle from the Dutchman late in the first half.
Later, after scoring against his former club, Adebayor ran the full length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal away support who had taunted him throughout leading to some ugly scenes as stewards attempted to hold back the incensed crowd.
The FA are sure to review both incidents which tainted what was the best game of the season thus far with Adebayor likely to receive a ban.