'It's not about regret,' as Mourinho pays tribute to Wenger

Hope Soto
April 21, 2018

Two League and Cup doubles, The Invincibles, seven FA Cups (three of them in the last four years), two straight decades in the Champions League. all of this while (mostly) playing attractive football.

The post Ferguson: I'm Proud To Have Been Wenger's Rival, Friend appeared first on Complete Sports Nigeria. From 1997/98 through 2003/04 the two teams won every Premier League title and five of the seven FA Cups (they would then meet in the 2005 FA Cup final where Arsenal won on penalties).

Wenger with a statement onArsenal's website announced that he will be quitting the club at the end of the season.

The Arsenal CEO said the timing of the announcement would allow the club's fans to give Wenger a strong send-off.

But perhaps the most remarkable achievement of his long reign was going through a full league season unbeaten in 2003-04, with his "Invincibles" playing a captivating brand of flowing football. While Wenger himself admits the Premier League is a huge step up, there is a significant American and/or MLS flavor in the Arsenal board room. The club is now sixth in the Premier League and harbor almost zero hopes of finishing inside the top four, buthave reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

"I thought: 'What does this Frenchman know about football?". "The team has to win the Europa League, it would be an awesome achievement and Arsene never won in Europe before so it would be a great way to give him a good exit".

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Mourinho, who had numerous run-ins with Wenger throughout his time in England, said he had great respect for the Gunners boss and hopes he does not retire from football when he steps down in May. He made a very wise decision to leave the defence alone, he didn't change that because that had a very good reputation when he came to the club.

Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis is the former MLS deputy commissioner. Given unprecedented control over the team's personnel (at least as far as Arsenal was concerned), he cast aside the team's British provincialism raided the French league for players such as Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Petit and Theirry Henry and brought Marc Overmars over from Ajax, the Dutch power.

- Wenger's verdict on Mourinho's unwillingness to talk up Chelsea's title chances in February 2014.

The influence Wenger has had on Arsenal, the Premier League and English football as a whole has been profound, especially in the early days of his tenure in north London.

Le Saux told Betfair: "When it comes to who will take over, Arsenal have time to build a profile of who they want". We saw Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira eating massive amounts of food before games and still having lots of energy at the end of the game. Is he one of the greatest managers the Premiership has seen?

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