Sir Alex Ferguson Pays Tribute to Arsene Wenger.

Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praises on his former "partner in the game" as he (Wenger) is heading to his 1000th game in charge as Arsenal manager. Saturday's tie at Stamford Bridge is the game in question.

Sir Alex Ferguson Pays Tribute to Arsene Wenger.

The former Manchester United boss managed a total of 1,498 games during his reign in England. He finished his coaching career on a good note by winning the 2012/13 Premier League trophy for the Red Devils. The Scot joined United in 1986, left in 2013 and was replaced by former Everton boss David who is presently finding it hard to make a top four spot.

To celebrate the Frenchman's soon-to-be-attained landmark, speeches were delivered in Wenger's honour at the club's training ground this morning and involved in the presentation were Arsenal Chairman, Sir Chips Keswick & League Managers Association Chairman, Richard Bevan. It was during the occasion that Fergie's written tribute was given to the 64-year old.

"I congratulate Arsène in reaching this momentous landmark," Ferguson said.

"Having also reached the same milestone at one club, I cannot emphasise enough the level of dedication, resilience as well as sacrifice required and for that I have for the utmost admiration.

"Over the years we enjoyed some fantastic battles and you could say we had survived together and respected each other's efforts to play good football. I always enjoy watching Arsène's sides – Arsenal play the right way.

"Playing against them always presented special challenges that I burned many hours over the years thinking about. He has always been a conscientious member of our trade who makes it his business to help other managers.

"Perhaps the biggest compliment I could give Arsène is that I could never be anything other than competitive with my rival for 17 years," he said in a League Managers Association statement.

Arsene Wenger since arriving at Arsenal has overseen 999 games out of which he won 572, drew 235 and lost 192.

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