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Wenger - How United rivalry has changed

Arsene Wenger believes the rivalry between Arsenal and Manchester United has become more respectful in recent years.

The two clubs experienced a number of fractious clashes in the past as they competed for the Premier League title.

While Wenger says this is not the case any more, he still expects an intense game at Old Trafford on Sunday.

"Is it a bit more respectful today? Maybe. It's not too bad. It's only the people who are not inside it who find it absolutely fantastic"

Arsene Wenger

“I believe the rivalry exists and there is a fierce rivalry between all the teams,” he said. “But is it a bit more respectful today? Maybe. It's not too bad. It's only the people who are not inside it who find it absolutely fantastic.

“It has [changed] because at the start it was mainly for a long period Man United and us, between 1998 and 2004. Then Chelsea joined, after you had Manchester City joining in, so it has changed, yes.

“We have been consistent on both sides. We have gone through some periods where we were really restricted in our finances when Man United were not.

“Sometimes I felt that we were fighting with three boxers who have much more resources than us, over the years, and on that front it was Chelsea, Man City and Man United for years who had a much higher calibre financially.”

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