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I Always Enjoyed Beating Wenger’s Arsenal – Sam Allardyce

Reports are out claiming that Sam Allardyce has revealed he liked nothing more than winding up Arsene Wenger during his time as Bolton Wanderers boss.

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In his new autobiography, which is being serialised by The Sun, newly-appointed Sunderland manager Allardyce recalled how he thoroughly enjoyed beating Arsenal as it completely riled the Frenchman.

Allardyce, who described Wenger as arrogant, also highlighted the fact that the 65-year-old rarely invited him back for a drink upon the completion of any matches between the two managers in North London.

“I enjoyed beating Arsenal more than anyone when I was in charge at Bolton,” said Allardyce.

“We’d really got to them and Arsene Wenger hated us.

“There was one time he wouldn’t shake hands with me at Highbury because we got a draw. I saw him ripping his tie off and throwing it on the floor in anger. He takes it all very personally and has an air of arrogance. He’s not one for inviting you into his office for a drink after the game.

“The more I wound him up, the more I liked it. He tried to influence refs through the media and create a perception that we were bullies committing all the fouls, while his team just wanted to play. It seemed he wanted a rule where they should be allowed to do what they wanted with the ball, without us being allowed to tackle them.

“It was a skill finding their weaknesses and how to exploit them. But when we succeeded the press were usually on about Arsenal having an off-day and the ref being soft.”

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