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Pardew offers olive branch to Wenger

Charlton boss Alan Pardew will shake Arsene Wenger's hand before Tuesday's showdown with Arsenal but has vowed not to change his behaviour on the sidelines.

Pardew will defend himself 'vigorously' against the improper conduct charge lodged by the Football Association for his spat with Wenger in November.

Wenger was angered by Pardew's celebrations in the technical area when Marlon Harewood fired a late winner for West Ham and reacted by pushing the former Upton Park manager.

The Frenchman also refused to shake his hand and was fined £10,000 by the FA after admitting to improper conduct, but Pardew denied the charge and requested a personal hearing which is scheduled for Thursday.

The duo will renew their rivalry on the touchlines when Charlton travel to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday but Pardew insists there is no lingering ill-feeling between them.

'I'll just do my normal thing on the sideline, trying to urge my team on and trying to get a feel for what's going on tactically,' he said. 'I'll be very close to the action, rather than sitting in the stand, where I never really feel comfortable.

'As for my record and reputation against Arsenal, there's no problem on my side. I'll go and shake Wenger's hand before the game and wish him well, but I hope my team win.'

On his hearing, Pardew added: 'All I will say is that I'm going to defend the charge vigorously. I'm accused of celebrating.'

The new Charlton manager was guilty of celebrating once again yesterday, this time diving into the crowd as Bryan Hughes nodded home in the 90th minute to snatch a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

'I have been accused of over-exuberance in the past with my celebrations - I'm up in court for that! But I like to be close to the action, because I like to feel the game,' he said.

'I just felt that there was something there for us and we took a bit of a chance sticking Hermann Hreidarsson up front. It can go against you, that type of decision, and it almost did. But it paid off for us.

'I never feel the game is over and I could sense the stadium, let alone the players, needed a win. So my celebration was just a matter of knowing how important that was.

'I ran and hugged a couple of people in the stands - the old boy looked friendly! It was nothing more than that really.

'I've been to the Emirates Stadium so I don't think there'll be any problem knowing where the technical area is there!

'I don't always I celebrate like I did yesterday - as against Arsenal, last-minute victories don't come along very often so you must enjoy them when they do.'