London:Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has apologised for a clash with team-mate Nicklas Bendtner that left the young forward with a bruised nose at the end of the club's 5-1 League Cup humiliation at the hands of Tottenham.
Bendtner appeared to indicate that he had been head-butted by Adebayor towards the end of the semi-final second leg, and the Togo striker was contrite about his actions.
"I think that we should have been more calm during the game and although I was pleased to get a goal back for the team when I came on, I am sorry for the disagreement with my team-mate Nicklas," Adebayor said Wednesday.
"We are both passionate about this club and sometimes that can be projected in the wrong way. It was a mistake. We want to focus on the games ahead and rely on our squad's great togetherness to achieve a fantastic season."
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger could have done without the distraction of an intra-team flare-up after a night in which his young line-up was taken apart by the quality of Tottenham's counter attacking.
But club captain William Gallas insisted that the experience gained from such setbacks could prove valuable in the future.
"All the young boys wanted to go to Wembley and I know it is difficult to accept," Gallas said. "Now we have to be strong and forget everything because on Saturday we have another big game which will not be easy."
Arsenal face Newcastle in an FA Cup fourth round tie at the Emirates stadium on Saturday.
The Football Association has asked to see television footage of the clash between Adebayor and Bendtner to assess whether any disciplinary charges should be levelled against either player.