War of words with United is finished, says Wenger

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Arsene Wenger says that he has finished his war of words with the Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson continued to goad the Arsenal manager following their sides' stormy meeting last week, calling on the Football Association to punish Thierry Henry for a challenge on Gabriel Heinze in the game.

The United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy pleaded guilty to an FA charge of serious foul play for a challenge on Ashley Cole and has been suspended for three matches. This week Ferguson is to send the FA a dossier on alleged pizza-throwing antics in the tunnel after the game, which also claims Henry deliberately caught Heinze on the head with his knee during United's win.

But Wenger said: "We are finished with it. Our responsibility is to come out here with what we think should be said, and I said what had to be said on Tuesday. Since then, we have not made any comment. I can only be responsible for what I say . We behave like we want to behave on the pitch. We are not responsible for what has been said.

"We are responsible for winning or losing games and you feel that more than anything that has been said."

Ferguson was referring to an incident when Heinze was brought down by Fredrik Ljungberg before half-time and Henry collided with him while he was still on the ground.

"The tackle on Heinze was terrible. What Henry did? That was bad," Ferguson said. "We'll give that to the FA and see."

He added: "You should check how the Van Nistelrooy tackle was brought to the attention of the FA. There is supposed to be a system to deal with these issues but the compliance officer stepped in. I think that is because of the publicity.

"If that is the case, who is deciding the discipline -the press, FA or the referees' committee?

"Edu produced a terrible tackle on Scholes that was a potential leg-breaker," he added. "There were 24 fouls in the game by Arsenal, seven on Heinze, five on Ronaldo, six by Vieira - and only his sixth foul got him booked. Phil Neville got booked for his first. I am proud of my players handling that kind of pressure."

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