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Last Updated: Monday, 6 November 2006, 06:09 GMT
Pardew apologises for Wenger row
Arsene Wenger and Alan Pardew (right)
Pardew (right) and Wenger were involved in a touchline tussle
Alan Pardew has apologised to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger over the dramatic touchline row that followed West Ham's late winner at Upton Park.

Wenger appeared to take offence at Hammers boss Pardew's celebrations as Marlon Harewood clinched a 1-0 victory.

Wenger also refused to shake hands with Pardew at the end of the game.

Pardew said: "I apologise if I offended Arsene. If I was over-zealous in my celebrations, which I'm sure I was, I apologise fully to Arsene and Arsenal."

He added: "We've had a tough old season here and maybe it came out.

"Arsene was annoyed with that, maybe quite rightly so, but I hope that I can iron that out and we will be big enough to look each other in the eye.

I want to sort things out with Arsene. It's not right for the image of the game

Alan Pardew

"It was nothing personal, I was celebrating the goal. I've got great respect for him and that won't change.

"Nothing was said. Maybe he was angry at a couple of decisions and it was a physical game. We wanted to upset Arsenal, we wanted to win.

"He is a top guy and I really respect him. I thought I was entitled to celebrate the goal after a pulsating game."

Pardew said he hoped to get the chance to make up with Wenger. "I want to sort things out," said Pardew. "It's not right for the image of the game.

"Emotions were high but there was nothing dangerous or horrible. That is what happens with last-minute goals."

Former Arsenal manager Terry Neill has revealed that Pardew tried to find Wenger after the game to invite the Frenchman to his office for a conciliatory glass of wine.

Neill was at the match and told BBC Five Live Sport: "I did spend a little bit of time after the game with Alan Pardew.

"He said he had gone to the Arsenal dressing room and tried to make contact with Arsene and invite him down for a glass of wine to his office.

"So I had to have Arsene Wenger's glass of wine instead.

"I've got to say I'm disappointed with Arsene. I would have thought he would have been bigger than the reaction he showed."



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