Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can’t seem to stay out the spotlight these days, he’s been the central figure of the Gunners this season especially after a humiliating 8-2 loss to Manchester United and losing 4-3 to Blackburn Rovers after being up 2-0.
This season by far has been the most trying for the Frenchman as he has been heavily criticized by fans and pundits for being stubborn in the transfer market to strengthen his squad, some have also labelled him as ignorant which he has been in the past.
That ignorance wore it’s ugly head once again over the weekend in Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. After the match Clive Allen stretched his hand out to shake the hand of the Arsenal manager and he refused which infuriated Allen. The two men got into a heated confrontation and security had to separate them.
On the incident which took place Allen said,
“He refused to shake my hand,”. “He says he didn’t see me or hear me, but he’s two bob he is, two bob.”
In response to Allen’s statement Arsene Wenger said,
“I shook the hand of the manager and the assistant manager,” he said.
“How many hands do I have to shake? Is there 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.”
Now there is no rule saying that you have to shake the hands of anyone after a match but it’s a sign of sportmanship.
In sport if someone offers you their hand then you accept it. This is just another example of Wengers’ arrogance! If you want someone to respect you then you yourself have to give respect.