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Former Tottenham coach Clive Allen recalls almost punching Arsene Wenger before Carlo Cudicini stepped in

first_imgAllen was insistent on a handshake from Wenger (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)‘I stuck out my hand to shake, but he just walked past me, because he’d lost. That’s the way he is. I chased after him down the tunnel,’ Allen wrote in his autobiography Up Front, published by the Evening Standard.‘“Come on Arsene!” I shouted. “Are you a man or a mouse? Shake my hand.” He wouldn’t.‘At that point, I lost it. The tunnel area was teeming with stewards, press and the players, who were beginning to make their way off the pitch. I couldn’t believe his attitude.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘“Where are you walking to? You’re a mouse!” I screamed at him. I was ready to blow. “Just because we’ve won for once!”‘I called him a few choice names. He kept looking at me, edging away. I was ready to punch him.‘Just as I went to swing for him, reserve goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini saved the day. He threw his arm over my shoulder. “Clive, what was the score?” he said, smiling. He dragged me away and into our dressing room.’ Arsene Wenger narrowly avoided an assault from Clive Allen (Picture: Getty Images)Former Tottenham coach Clive Allen has admitted that he came close to punching former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, before Carlo Cudicini intervened.Allen, a start striker for Spurs in the 1980s, says that bad blood began bubbling between him and Wenger when the Frenchman labelled Tottenham ‘cheats’ after a match in April 2006 which ended 1-1.Wenger famously reacted badly to the ball not being put out of play when two Arsenal players were injured, arguing with then Spurs manager Martin Jol on the touchline and later accusing the Tottenham coaching staff of cheating.Allen was far from impressed by this accusation and vowed to ‘shake Wenger’s hand as a winner’ as soon as possible.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhile not the next time Spurs would beat their north London rivals, Allen made the bid for the handshake, after a 2-1 win in the Premier League in October 2011, and Wenger was not interested. Former Tottenham coach Clive Allen recalls almost punching Arsene Wenger before Carlo Cudicini stepped in Wenger ignored Allen’s bid for a shake (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Allen signed for Arsenal before he moved to Spurs, but never played a league game for the Gunners despite arriving from QPR for £1.25m in 1980.The forward did not fit into the formation being used by Arsenal at the time and was moved on to Crystal Palace before turning out in the league, with Kenny Samson going the other way and going on to become a Gunners legend.MORE: Arsenal issue Alexandre Lacazette injury update ahead of Sheffield United clashMORE: Mesut Ozil insists he’ll see out Arsenal contract despite struggles under Unai Emery Metro Sport ReporterThursday 17 Oct 2019 11:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link270Sharescenter_img Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img

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