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Wenger: I have similar passion to Ferguson

30 Dec 2017
Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager looks ahead to his 811th PL match, eclipsing the Man Utd legend

Arsene Wenger will break Sir Alex Ferguson's record when he eclipses the Manchester United great and takes charge of his 811th Premier League match today. 

Wenger's Arsenal side travel to West Bromwich Albion, the scene of Ferguson's 810th and final Premier League outing, a 5-5 draw as the Red Devils claimed the 2012/13 title. 

The Frenchman admits that he has not spoken to Ferguson ahead of his record-breaking moment, but he is proud of the achievement and has great respect for his old adversary.

“I have not been on the phone with [Sir Alex], we had other things to do!” Wenger told Arsenal's official website. “I saw that he was at the Manchester United game this week, but it is always a pleasure to meet each other now.

“We don’t compete anymore and it was always a big rivalry of course, but overall I believe that we tried to have a positive attitude towards the game and to get our teams to play in a positive way.

“We have a similar passion, different personalities of course, but I respect and admire Ferguson for what he has done and for his high desire to win. That is why is is an achievement to have lasted for such a long time, similar to what he has done.”

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