Wenger to Fergie: Get well soon

LONDON COLNEY: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he hopes Manchester United chief Alex Ferguson will be fully fit to continue one of English football’s great rivalries. 

United revealed on Thursday that Ferguson had been treated in hospital for a minor heart irregularity, sparking concerns for the health of British football’s most successful manager. 

Though there has been a much-publicised sporting rivalry between the two men since the late 1990s as their clubs duelled for league titles, Wenger wished Ferguson the best of health on Friday. 

“I want Alex Ferguson to be competitive, sharp and up for it. That makes it interesting,” he told reporters at Arsenal’s training ground. 

“You want to win, but you don’t want people to be sick. I wish him very well and hope he’s in full fitness.” 

Ferguson joins a number of top managers in British football who have suffered heart conditions, such as Wenger’s fellow Frenchman and friend Gerard Houllier and Graeme Souness. 

Aware of the pressures, a relaxed Wenger quipped: “Who’s next on the list – it’s me!” 

More seriously, Wenger said: “It’s like every obsessional job, it can be healthy and detrimental. 

“It can be healthy because the biggest stress is not to have any target, it is more stressful not to have a job. And when it goes overboard, when the stress is predominant and becomes heavy, it can be detrimental.” 

Wenger, who said he relaxes by watching other teams play, said he had adapted to the pressure of the job over the years. 

“When I started at 33 I thought I had to go on until I was 60,” Wenger said. “In the middle of the first game, I thought I would not even survive this game.” – Reuters  

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