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

Arsene Wenger
narrowly averted an assault from (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Tottenham coach Clive Allen has admitted that he got here near punching former Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger, before intervened.

Allen, a begin striker for Spurs in the 1980s, says that dangerous blood started effervescent 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 gamers had been injured, arguing with then Spurs supervisor Martin Jol on the touchline and later accusing the Tottenham teaching employees of dishonest.

Allen was removed from impressed by this accusation and vowed to ‘shake Wenger’s hand as a winner’ as quickly as potential.

While not the following 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 .

Arsene Wenger and Clive Allen
Allen 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 misplaced. That’s the way in which he is. I chased after him down the tunnel,’ Allen wrote in his autobiography Up Front, revealed 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 imagine his angle.

‘“Where are you walking to? You’re a mouse!” I screamed at him. I used to be able to blow. “Just because we’ve won for once!”

‘I known as him a number of selection names. He stored taking a look at me, edging away. I used to be able 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 mentioned, smiling. He dragged me away and into our dressing room.’

Arsene Wenger and Clive Allen
Wenger ignored Allen’s bid for a shake (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Allen signed for Arsenal before he moved to Spurs, however by no means performed a league recreation for the Gunners regardless of arriving from QPR for £1.25m in 1980.

The ahead didn’t match into the formation being utilized by Arsenal on the time and was moved on to Crystal Palace before turning out in the league, with Kenny Samson going the opposite method and happening to turn into a Gunners legend.



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