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Sir Alex Ferguson says Arsene Wenger’s record will never be beaten

The former Manchester United manager paid tribute to his old adversary, who surpassed his record of managing 810 Premier League games

The final Premier League game of 2017 was a frustrating one for Arsenal, with West Brom securing a late draw thanks to a controversial penalty. 

The result means Arsene Wenger’s side will end the year in fifth position – three points off fourth-placed Liverpool.

Difficult day for Wenger

Difficult day for Wenger

But there was something to smile about for Wenger, as the game marked his 811th Premier League game as manager – surpassing former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of 810.

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And Fergie believes Wenger’s tally, wherever it ends, will stand the test of time.

Speaking via the League Managers’ Association, Fergie said: “I applaud Arsene on surpassing my record of managing 810 Premier League games.

“It is a fantastic milestone which has required the highest standards of dedication and professional management to achieve. I doubt his record, whatever it turns out to be, will ever be beaten.

“Congratulations on a truly remarkable career and great service to football and Arsenal FC.”

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He’s probably right, y’know. 

Old foes

Old foes

Wenger is considered a dying breed, having managed the Gunners for more than 20 years.

He joined from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight back in 1996, and has since overseen three Premier League titles – including their undefeated 2003-2004 season – as well as a record seven FA Cup wins.

The original football hipster

The original football hipster

Wenger’s long spell at Arsenal is in stark contrast of the life and times of a Premier League manager, where sackings are commonplace.

Of the current bunch, Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche have been at Bournemouth and Burnley respectively for over five years, although they’ve both had spells in the Championship in that time.

Stoke’s Mark Hughes is next on the list, having been at the club since May 2013 – although he’s currently under pressure.

Wenger; the last of a dying breed?

Yup, we reckon so.