Arsene Wenger: Playing against Alexis Sanchez will be 'strange'

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"I want to go peacefully, and with Mourinho now because he is a great manager".

Mourinho has greeted Wenger's announcement warmly and even suggested they could "even be friends in the future". I must say as well it is very hard when you play against fellow managers, they get reported things that you have not necessarily said.

Arsene Wenger's 22-year Arsenal tenure will finish at the end of the season and that means Sunday's clash against Manchester United will also be the end of a famous rivalry.

"If that happened 10 or 15 years back, it would bother me a lot, because in that time it wouldn't have lies in journalism.
You have to feel empathy for people who are in the same job as you".

Likewise, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have had their own history of fall-outs and bust-ups over the years, but this is a fixture that certainly needs no extra spice or tension.

"I turned many clubs down to stay here and face the challenge when we built the stadium".

"In the build-up to a game and after a game everything was absolutely tense". The Gunners entered the crunch clash nine points behind Sir Alex Ferguson's men, knowing full well that only a victory would keep their slight hopes of a domestic double alive.

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The outgoing Arsenal boss now takes home £8 million-per-year - exactly half of what Manchester City pay the leading Premier League earner Pep Guardiola.

"If it wasn't me I would find that picture quite amusing", he said.

"I honestly don't know what I will do".

Many matches between Ferguson's United and Wenger's Arsenal became iconic, and the rivalry arguably reached a peak during the mid-2000s when the two clubs consistently fought it out for supremacy in the Premier League.

"We needed that - a little bit more experience and mental aggressiveness that I knew sooner or later were coming".

"He has said some very cruel things which he considers to be gamesmanship but I consider to be disgusting really".

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