Wenger – Ferguson feud ended just before the Scot retired
Yesterday’s win against Milan was like a fresh breath of air for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. After four defeats in a row against Osterunds, Manchester City twice and Brighton, the Gunners showed fighting spirit to outwit Gattuso’s men. Today, it was revealed that Wenger found an unlikely friend in one of his fiercest rivals… Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Frenchman called it ‘solidarity’ what Ferguson did with him during his recent stressful period.
“I have a good relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson at the moment. Sometimes he sends me a message when things don’t go well”, Wenger told Sky Sports.
“There is a solidarity.
“I always support other managers where I can. There is no possibility not to suffer. You have to suffer.
“The difficulty in this job is to be capable to go periods where it very difficult.”
From foes to friend?
Hearing Wenger say that Ferguson showed support when he needed, certainly reminded football enthusiasts about the time when Wenger and Sir Alex were foes. If today it is Conte vs Mourinho, a few years back it was Wenger vs Ferguson. Let’s go back to memory lane and revive a few famous blows between the two:
Wenger knows five languages
In 1996, Arsenal appointed Wenger as their new manager. Immediately, Sir Alex downplayed his appointment by taking a tirade about his language knowledge.
“They say he’s an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages? I’ve got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages.”
Once, the Arsenal manager complained about the preference United got when allocated fixtures.
Wenger exclaimed: “It’s wrong the league programme is extended so United can rest up and win everything.”
Later, Fergie responded: “He’s a novice. He should keep his opinions to Japanese football.”
In the 2004-05 season, United and Arsenal got involved in a tunnel bust-up during one of their games. Allegedly, former Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas threw a slice of pizza at Ferguson. The Scot called the Frenchman a “disgrace”. The story didn’t end there. Wenger replied:
After Cesc Fabregas threw a slice of pizza at Fergie in a tunnel bust-up in 2004-05 season, the Scot called Wenger a “disgrace”.
“Ferguson does what he wants and you [the press] are all down at his feet. He doesn’t interest me and doesn’t matter to me at all. I will never answer to any provocation from him any more.
“He has lost all sense of reality. He is going out looking for a confrontation, then asking the person he is confronting to apologise.”