Allardyce: I love winding up Wenger

New Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says he enjoys beating "arrogant" Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger more than anyone else.

Big Sam has met the Gunners numerous times while in charge of Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and, most recently, West Ham, and has always enjoyed frustrating the Frenchman.

"I enjoyed beating Arsenal more than anyone when I was in charge at Bolton," he said in The Sun. "We 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."

The Black Cats have yet to win this season and are alongside Newcastle at the bottom of the Premier League standings ahead of Allardyce's first match in charge against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

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