Sir Alex Ferguson’s special praise for Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger

Sir Alex Ferguson heaps praise on Arsene Wenger as Frenchman prepares for 1000th game in charge of Arsenal

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Ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson Photo: The Sport Review

Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on Arsene Wenger as the Frenchman gears up for his 1000th game in charge of Arsenal this weekend.

Wenger is set to become one of only four men in the modern era of English football, including Sir Matt Busby, Ferguson and Dario Gradi to surpass the 1000-game landmark at one club.

And former Manchester United boss Ferguson was full of compliments for his ex-rival ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Chelsea on Saturday.

I always enjoy watching Arsene’s sides – Arsenal play the right way

Sir Alex Ferguson

“I congratulate Arsene in reaching this momentous landmark,” Ferguson said in a statement released by the League Managers Association.

“Having also reached the same milestone at one club, I cannot emphasise enough the level of dedication, resilience as well as sacrifice required and for that I have for the utmost admiration.

“Over the years we enjoyed some fantastic battles and you could say we had survived together and respected each other’s efforts to play good football.

“I always enjoy watching Arsene’s sides – Arsenal play the right way. Playing against them always presented special challenges that I burned many hours over the years thinking about.

“He has always been a conscientious member of our trade who makes it his business to help other managers. Perhaps the biggest compliment I could give Arsene is that I could never be anything other than competitive with my rival for 17 years.

“Overall this achievement once again shows what stability can bring to a football club and without doubt he has created a permanent legacy during his 1000 matches with the club.”

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