Arsene Wenger’s bombshell announcement of his impending departure from Arsenal has brought into focus his 22-year legacy at the club.
While written about in more detail elsewhere, the first decade of his reign was defined by the Frenchman’s rivalry with then-Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson, who’s Red Devils had a stranglehold on English football.
Armed with his revolutionary views on fitness and tactics (along with some superb French acquisitions), Wenger certainly threatened to knock Ferguson off his perch, to quote the great Scotsman.
Luckily for us all, Channel 5 broadcast a timely look at the ‘feud’ between the two on Monday night.
One of the more revealing moments can be seen in a team-talk delivered by Ferguson to his United stars prior to a crucial game against the Gunners in the late 90’s. While he maintains that his team playing well won’t give Arsenal ‘a chance’, it’s clear to see how much he viewed them as a threat.
“Don’t fucking let him attempt to fucking bully you,” he warned his players.
“I don’t care if you do it verbally or physically, you just fucking make sure you’re ready for him. His big-time Charlie bit, he’s against fucking men, am I right?
“When you get the ball, transfer it into these areas here. I don’t think they’ve a chance against us. I don’t think they’ve a chance.”