By Chris Wright
Yesterday’s North London derby itself was a largely good-natured, entertaining affair (save for Bacary Sagna’s unfortunate, inadvertent leg-break), with Kyle Walker scoring the victory for Tottenham – sweeping a 25-yard winner past Wojciech Szzczccsczczzccesny with 17-minutes left to play.
However, as per usual with these kind of things, ’twas on the touchlines and in the terraces that the ugly stuff bubbled up, with Spurs coach Clive Allen branding Arsene Wenger ‘two bit’ after the Frenchman refused/missed (depending on who you believe) a hand-shake at the final whistle, thus instigating a brief post-match tiff between the two that had to be quelled by the stewards.
Thankfully, global ‘above board fair-play’ ambassador Harry Redknapp was on hand to mediate:
“I think Clive went to shake hands with him and [Wenger] missed Clive – he didn’t see him.
“You either shake hands and mean it or you don’t shake hands at all. If he doesn’t want to shake hands, it’s his prerogative.”
To which Wenger replied:
“I shook the hand of the manager and the assistant. How many hands do I have to shake? Is it a prescription?
“No words were exchanged and if the story of the game is Clive Allen, you must ask him. He wanted to make himself the story, yes.”
We’ll let you decide using the photographic evidence above whether or not Monsieur Wenger ‘missed Clive’ or not. It’s perhaps also worth bearing in mind that it’s not the first time he’s pulled a ruse like this – just ask Phil Brown, or failing that, Kenny Dalglish.
Elsewhere, Arsenal fans laid it on thick by telling Emmanuel Adebayor, en masse and in perfect harmony, that they wished he himself had died in the fatal shooting that the Togolese striker witnessed first-hand at the African Nations last January while the Spurs faithful struck up a rousing rendition of the classic ‘Wenger is a paedo’ toe-tapper.
Classy stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree.