Tottenham coach Allen had to be stopped from punching Wenger in fiery derby

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Former Tottenham coach Clive Allen has revealed he had to be stopped from punching Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman refused to shake his hand.

Allen, who made over 100 appearances for Spurs during his playing career, was part of the backroom staff under manager Harry Redknapp during his tenure at the club.

A constant threat in front of goal, the Englishman racked up more than 60 goals for Tottenham winning PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1967.

But he was an unknown threat to Arsene Wenger in 2011, with reserve goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini having to stop him from throwing a fist towards the Gunners boss.

After a 2-1 win for Spurs, in a fiercely contested north London derby, the Arsenal manager refused to shake Allen's hand causing him to go berserk.

The 60-year-old recalled the events in his 2019 autobiography Up Front: "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," writes Allen, as reported by the Evening Standard.

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"'Come on Arsene!' I shouted. 'Are you a man or a mouse? Shake my hand.' He wouldn’t.

"At that point, I lost it. I screamed at him. I was ready to blow. 'Just because we’ve won for once!'

"Just as I went to swing for him, reserve goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini saved the day. He threw his arm over my shoulder."

Allen admits there is still no love lost for the former Arsenal manager: "No. I wouldn’t give him the time of day as long as I live. It is not about football, it is the way he behaved.

"People might think it is childish, but he’s not for me. You have to take defeats on the chin. He can’t and won’t."

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