Sir Alex Ferguson reacts to Arsene Wenger leaving Arsenal

Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute to Arsene Wenger after he announced he will be leaving Arsenal this year

Sir Alex Ferguson
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson Photo: The Sport Review

Sir Alex Ferguson has paid a classy tribute to Arsene Wenger after he announced that he will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season.

The Arsenal boss announced on Friday that he will be stepping down at the end of the season to bring to an end an almost 22-year stint in charge at the north London club.

Ferguson and Wenger were great rivals as their teams battled for the Premier League title at the peak of their careers.

Arsenal have not won the Premier League since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 campaign and Wenger has opted to call time on his spell at the club after having found himself under pressure in recent years.

And Ferguson was quick to pay tribute to Wenger after learning that his former arch-rival would be stepping down at the end of the season.

Speaking to Manchester United’s website, Ferguson 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 great testament to his talent, professionalism and determination that he has been able to dedicate 22 years of his life to a job that he loves.

“In an era 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.”

Arsenal are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table and looking like they will miss out on a top-four finish for the second season running.

However, the Gunners can still qualify for the Champions League if they are able to win the Europa League title this term.

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