West Ham manager Alan Pardew has admitted he was ‘over-zealous’ in the celebrations which led to an confrontation with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
The managers had to be separated after Marlon Harewood’s late winner and the pair refused to shake hands at the final whistle.
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.”
“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.
“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.”
“I want to sort things out,” said Pardew. “It’s not right for the image of the game.