Senior police officers have taken a dim view of Emmanuel Adebayor's behaviour on Saturday, which led to a steward at the game being knocked unconscious by a missile thrown in the following the striker's celebration in front of his former club's fans.
Adebayor's possible three-game ban for violent conduct, for what appeared to be a stamp at a prone Robin van Persie, could be increased by a further one or two games for his charge upfield to celebrate and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) believe Adebayor must take some some responsibility for the steward being hit on the head and rendered unconscious for five minutes.
Adebayor had “caused the opposition fans to be aggravated,” said a GMP spokeswoman yesterday.
“There was a crowd surge. Arsenal fans were throwing the missiles but it is a Manchester City player who was doing the celebrating.”
The force said it is for Arsenal, Manchester City and the Football Association to decide how to deal with the repercussions and there appear to be no plans for officers to speak to Adebayor.
The FA will receive the report of referee Mark Clattenburg today and video evidence which will enable them to assess the apparent 71st-minute stamp which left Van Persie with a cut to the right-hand side of his face.
Under the FA's fast track procedures for cases of violent conduct, a ban for Adebayor would be immediate and see him miss Sunday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
A further ban for improper conduct, for his charge up the pitch, could be commuted to take the form of a fine instead. City are likely to know their £25m striker's fate by Tuesday and would have until 6pm that day to appeal.
Adebayor would be sorely missed by City, for whom he has been a consistent match-winner with four goals in as many Premier League games, especially in the light of Mark Hughes' revelation on Saturday that Robinho has been diagnosed with a stress fracture above the ankle and will miss the next four weeks.
Carlos Tevez's tweaked knee ligaments also leaving him looking doubtful for the Old Trafford match — an encounter which has assumed even more significance following a win on Saturday that leaves City third and level on points with United, having played a game less.