The Straits Times
Published on Oct 05, 2012

Arsenal's visit renews rivalry between Wenger and Allardyce


LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal's visit to West Ham on Saturday will rekindle the potentially explosive touchline rivalry between Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce.

Arsenal manager Wenger and Hammers boss Allardyce regularly got under each other's skins when Allardyce was in charge of a Bolton side that revelled in upsetting the top four.

Wenger often criticised Bolton's physical approach while Allardyce appeared to take particular pleasure in winding up the Frenchman when his team beat an Arsenal side that sometimes struggled against opponents who concentrated on roughing them up.

Now the pair will meet again with Allardyce's promoted Hammers having moved above Wenger's club into seventh place to add extra spice to an already red-hot London derby at Upton Park.