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Fergie Respects Arsenal Rivalry

Fergie Respects Arsenal Rivalry

Alex Ferguson has turned up the heat ahead of the big clash between Chelsea & Man Utd tomorrow by claiming that the games with Arsenal are bigger matches.

Despite Arsenal not having won the title for four years the United gaffer respects the rivalry built between to the two clubs over Arsene Wenger's tenure.

Fergie said: "I would prefer Arsenal to win it rather than some other clubs I could mention."

"If you look back over the last 12 or 13 years, who has it been? Arsenal v Manchester United, Manchester United v Arsenal.'

"Of course we`ve got Chelsea at the moment — that`s without question. But the history of Arsenal against Manchester United means that you`re not just talking about winning a football match — you`re talking about your history against the other team`s history.'

"There`s a dominance attached to that. You want to be the dominant team and they want to be the dominant team — we`ve had some volatile matches because of that.'

"But you can`t beat the history and the quality that both teams believe in, and the way they want to play has never changed."

Whilst Fergie's comments are more likely to have been made to mess with the minds over at Chelsea, they still have an element of truth to them.

That's said I'm growing increasingly uncomfortable with the Wenger-Fergie love-ins that seem to be occurring these days.

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Date:Saturday September 20 2008
Time: 9:29AM


Did he really say that he'd prefer Arsenal to win it? I can't beileve he means that!
20/09/2008 10:33:00
when the other 2 teams are Liverpool and ikea fc I do believe he means it!
20/09/2008 10:38:00
Without saying it, Fergie is showing respect to the way we've been consistently competative. ie, without the help of a billionaire!
20/09/2008 10:57:00
Off course it's mind games pre chelsea, but it's true, to be honest. If you put yourself in his shoes, between one of Chelsea, Man U, and (for argument's sake, I realise!), Spurs, who would you rather won it? I'd go for Man U. Wouldn't you? That's the same point Fergie is coming from. I think.
20/09/2008 11:43:00
Me too, sir, I would prefer Arsenal to win it rather than some other clubs too!
20/09/2008 12:16:00
awww how sweet of him
20/09/2008 13:05:00
he would prefer Arsenal wins it because i feel that he cannot stand Chelsea and Man City having sugar daddies who could have single-handedly eradicated poverty from a small nation if they wanted to. i also think he is bitter about liverpool's victory last week which was really due to man utd making 2 defensive errors. but to him (assuming he is a self-respecting mancurian) , its like saying he prefer getting his leg hacked off than his arm..
20/09/2008 13:11:00
i kinda agree with him. i have arespect for the way arsenal act both on ad off teh pitch (though the constant media lick-assing of arsenal is abit annoying). i have no respect for chelsea or all. i may be wrong but thats how i feel.
20/09/2008 13:50:00
United4life - it's Man Utd who the media are constantly lick-assing, if anything, they're always having a dig at us, probably because of the lack of English players in our ranks.
20/09/2008 14:08:00
Yeah U4L it's a source of pride for us, the way our club is run. I don't think I'm having a persecution complex, it's true what Vin said, that sometimes the media aren't too kind to us.. hehe until Theo's hat-trick lol
20/09/2008 14:51:00
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