Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Manchester United have once put him into conflict with his players during his time at Emirates Stadium.
The Frenchman, who won three Premier League titles with the Gunners, was too confident to win the 2003 Premier League title.
However, the Gunners longest serving manager has admitted that he had an angry confrontation with the Gunners players after being beaten to the title by Manchester United.
“Effectively we were unbeaten for a year and a half. 49 games,” he said, referring to the 2004 triumph.
“It’s an interesting detail because when we won the title in 2002 I told the press my dream was to win the title unbeaten.”
“I got lambasted as pretentious, arrogant etcetera. We lost the title the next season to Manchester United. In 2003/04, I asked the players why we didn’t win the title. They said, ‘it’s your fault’. I asked why.”
“They said: ‘you put too much pressure on us.’ And it’s interesting because I told them the only reason I said it was because I truly believed it. And then they did it. Which proves two things.”
“One, sometimes we don’t put the level of ambition high enough. We don’t dare, we’re scared. But you must set the bar as high as possible.”
“Two, sometimes you must plant the seed and wait for it to grow.”
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Wenger on his biggest mistake: “Perhaps staying at the same club for 22 years. I'm someone who likes to move around a lot, but I also like a challenge. I've been a prisoner of my own challenge at times. I regret having sacrificed everything I did because I realise I've hurt a lot of people around me. I've neglected a lot of people. I've neglected my family, I've neglected many close ones. Deep down though, the obsessed man is selfish in his pursuit of what he loves.”
Wenger left the North London side in May after a 22-year spell at the Emirates Stadium and was now replaced by Spanish Unai Emery.