Ferguson: I'm Proud To Have Been Wenger's Rival, Friend

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"What he gave to Arsenal even in the period without Premier Leagues, all the transition of the club from stadium to stadium, everything he did".

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he is proud to have been a rival, a colleague and a friend to Arsene Wenger. Rodgers would be the ideal man to keep the outrage going, despite you know, being a decent manager.

"He's reinvented the game and played some of the best football we have ever seen".

"I'm enjoying it here, there's a lot of confidence around the camp and let's make sure we're a Premier League side first".

A replacement will be tough to find.

"To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. I'm absolutely committed to doing that".

In a statement confirming his resignation earlier today, Wenger said: "I managed the club with full commitment and integrity".

"We haven't had any discussions to date regarding that process", added Gazidis.

"His record of Champions League qualifications combined with his domestic competition success stands Arsene alongside the greats of English club football management", LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added.

"Other clubs go out and conduct their managerial search, for understandable reasons, in that way".

Juventus' Max Allegri, Monaco's Leonardo Jardim and Germany coach Joachim Low have been seen as perhaps the most likely candidates, but Gazidis hinted that Arsenal could well catch many by surprise once again. I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years. "I will never forget his guidance and support, his tutelage and mentorship", Fabregas said. Don't judge us when we use "we" and "us" with zero irony when talking about a club thousands of miles away.

The newly-departed Arsenal boss would watch footage of matches from around the world after he got back from the training ground, and attended Arsenal games at all levels, from academy up.

"I doubt there is a more experienced group in handling changes of coaches".

"I'm ready to take the blame for all the problems of English football if that is what he wants".

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson said he was like a "dictator" and should have left several years ago.

"I am pleased he has announced he is leaving at this stage of the season as he can now have the send-off that he truly deserves", said Ferguson, who won 13 league titles in 26 years at Old Trafford, before retiring in 2013. In the same way that Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were credited with saving the National Basketball Association in the 1980s, Manchester United vs. Arsenal - Ferguson vs. Wenger - is what put the Premier League on the global map at the turn of the century. As clubs around him started buying bus-loads of readymade superstars, Wenger continued building teams around young talent.

"We're working on plans", he said.

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