Arsène Wenger appreciates every compliment that has been paid to him this week - especially Sir Alex Ferguson's.

The longest-serving manager in English football - and the man who held that title until last summer - shared an often heated rivalry in the early years of Wenger's reign.

But their relationship mellowed and Ferguson paid a glowing tribute to the Frenchman ahead of Wenger's 1,000th game in charge, praising his "abundant energy and desire" and the style of Arsenal's play.

The ambition of every great club must be to win and to win with style, and to think of the people who pay a lot of money to come to watch the matches

"Yes of course [that means a lot] because he knows how difficult it is,” responded Wenger.

"We are in a job where you have to win. But the truth is that the ambition of every great club must be to win and to win with style, and to think of the people who pay a lot of money to come to watch the matches.

"You always have to have it in your mind that you want people to wake up in the morning with a love of going to the stadium and for them to go home having enjoyed themselves.

"In fact, the real goal of professional football entails not just winning but also enabling people to discover the pleasure of watching something beautiful."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Chris Harris 21 Mar 2014