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Sir Alex Ferguson Puts Arsene Wenger Rivalry To One Side And Praises Arsenal Legend For Ultimate 'Achievement'

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Sir Alex Ferguson Puts Arsene Wenger Rivalry To One Side And Praises Arsenal Legend For Ultimate 'Achievement'

Sir Alex Ferguson praised Arsene Wenger for his incredible achievement of leading Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ to the Premier League title in their remarkable campaign.

The legendary former Manchester United boss relished his heated on-pitch rivalry with former Gunners manager Wenger.

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But Ferguson’s United side finished third in the 2003-04 Premier League season, a campaign that saw Arsenal lift the title without losing a single match in the league.

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The 79-year-old Scotsman called it time on his legendary United spell in 2013 after a trophy-laden 27 years at Old Trafford.

Wenger continued as Arsenal manager after Ferguson’s retirement before he stepped down as Gunners head coach in 2018.

The 71-year-old Frenchman’s legendary accomplishments at the London club will be the subject of a new documentary, Arsene Wenger: Invincible.

Speaking ahead of the documentary’s launch, Ferguson insisted that Wenger’s season with the ‘Invincibles’ was a historic moment in football.

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“The achievement stands above everything else,” he said.

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United legend Ferguson candidly spoke about his many battles with Wenger in the managerial dugout, which included the Scotsman asking himself if his rival wanted “war.”  

During one heated clash, the iconic Scotsman said: “I’m saying to myself, ‘Is he looking for a war?’”

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Credit: PA

Ferguson squashed any rivalry with Wenger off the pitch by claiming that he shared his “pride” in calling the Arsenal legend a “friend.”

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He said: “I am really happy for Arsene Wenger. I have great respect for him and for the job he has done at Arsenal.

“It is a great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that he has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job he loves.

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“In an area where football managers sometimes only last one or two seasons, it shows what an achievement it is to serve that length of time at a club the size of Arsenal.

“I am pleased that he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season, as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves.

“He is, without doubt, one of the greatest Premier League managers and I am proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to such a great man.”

Arsene Wenger: Invincible will launch in cinemas on 11th November before arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on 22nd November.

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Topics: Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Arsenal, Manchester United, Premier League, England, Football

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