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April 21, 2009


You would probably agree that Sir Alex Ferguson is not actually friends with Arsene Wenger on Facebook, but so far this season with the calling of truce between them you wouldn’t put it past them that they might be as the bestest of friends as they are the fiercest of rivals.

The cease-fire started mid-way into the 2004-2005 season, after the pizza-gate incident. In October 2004, after Manchester United ended Arsenal’s record 49-match unbeaten league run with a controversial 2-0 victory at Old Trafford and Ferguson was later reported pelted with pizza in the players’ tunnel.

Before the corresponding match between the two rivals, Ferguson re-ignited the row when he said it was “a disgrace” that Wenger had not apologised for his team’s behaviour, Wenger retaliated by calling for Ferguson to be charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

This follows a warning from the Metropolitan Police, as well as the Football Association and the League Managers’ Association, that any further incendiary remarks could inflame fans before the game at Highbury. This forced both Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein and Manchester United chief executive David Gill to h0ld cordial peace talks where both parties agreed not to trade insults before the corresponding game.

This season the level of lovely-doveyness between two managers has risen or plunged to such height or depth, and some might say unacceptable levels, that both managers appeared on the same podium as they hosted an LMA  event.

Earlier this season, Sir Alex Ferguson wants an end to Wenger’s taunts ahead of their clash at OT. In March, Ferguson and Wenger agree on Ronaldo’s arrogance. And most recently, Ferguson backs Wenger’s Wembley complaints. This season also saw former-Arsenal captain Patrick Viera naming United adversary Roy Keane as the best player he has ever played against. How ghey. Is there no end to this alarming public display of TLC?

Well, we still have three battles involving the two love-birds. Two Champions League matches and one league game. With all still to play for, there’s still hope for an all-out war.

Actually, no. After their wins on the CL, both managers commented on how great both clubs are. “..should be a terrific semi-final..” they said. WTF. Where are the Keanes and Vieras eye-balling each other in tunnels?! The Martin Keowns?! Sighs.

Well, at least there are still more than a week to the semi-final at OT, anything can happen by then.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2009 2:55 am

    They are not good friends, but they sure are 2 good managers and good sportsmen as well. I am not a fan of Arsene, but he has completely changed the gunners with his youth system, and they are really difficult to play against. I can already say that arsenal has a team which will become better with years as these players mature, and they will win many silverwares in the future, provided most of them are still in the team i.e., and not tempted by money and fame like ronaldo and leave the club :) (he’s still here for the time being lol)

  2. glamourousdiss permalink
    April 21, 2009 1:36 pm

    Arsenal can’t win trophies when they keep getting rid of ‘old’ players after they’ve reached the legal age! haha ok not so bad.. but you get the point…

    If oldies like Van Persie, Adebayor, Toure and Fabregas stays, only then can I see them winning trophies. Then again I could be wrong as theyre still in 2 competitions!

  3. whill permalink
    April 21, 2009 5:32 pm

    now they want ferguson and benitez to end the war of words –


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