Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger responds to Sir Alex Ferguson book revelations over 'Pizzagate'
The Gunners boss recalls the incident following their defeat to United back in 2004
Friday 25 October 2013
While he says he hasn't had time to read Alex Ferguson's book yet, Arsene Wenger has given his side of the infamous 'Pizzagate' incident from 2004.
The fracas between Arsenal and Manchester United players began in the Old Trafford tunnel following the home side's 2-0 victory that ended Arsenal's 49-game unbeaten league run.
In his book Ferguson says it was Wenger's criticism of Ruud Van Nistelrooy sparked things off.
"Right away, I rushed out to say to Arsene, “You leave my players alone,” he said.
"He was incensed. It seemed to me that losing the game scrambled Arsene’s brain."
Wenger downplayed the incident giving a slightly different version of events.
"The pizzagate? I think it was a little unrest in the corridor after the 49th game, refereed by Mike Riley at the time, who is now responsible for the referees. I think on that day, he had not his best day and that brought a lot of frustration on," Wenger said.
"On that day, (Rio) Ferdinand should have been off after 20 minutes so I believe that is what created all the problems in the corridor.
"Yes, it was aggressive because to lose the way we lost after such a long undefeated run was not acceptable for me and that's why everybody was frustrated."
Wenger also said that he wasn't planning on joining Ferguson in the book market any time soon.
"Maybe one day I will be inspired to do that, but at the moment I do not, But I don't have that motivation at the moment." he said.
"The past is history and history needs to be written. It's good, it's a legacy of his career."
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