Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that his intense rivalry with Manchester United legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson made him physically sick and also turned him into a monster every time his Arsenal side lost to Manchester United during his 22-year tenure in charge.
Our rivalry with the Gunners can be famed as one of the defining moments of English football as both side battles for honours.
Wenger, speaking on The Graham Norton Show to be aired on Friday night, admits to regrets about how immersed he was in the managerial life during 22 years in charge at Arsenal.
The Frenchman admitted to feeling ‘physically sick’ every time Arsenal lost a game to United.
Sometimes the intensity around the games boiled over, such as the infamous ‘Battle of the Buffet’ at Old Trafford in 2004 when pizza was thrown at Ferguson in the tunnel.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, to be aired on BBC One on Friday night, he said: “He was my biggest rival for 10 years. Competition is real – it’s you or me.
“Pain hurts and the biggest pain is to lose a football game. I was physically sick when I lost.
“When I was a young manager, I thought I would not survive in the job because the tension is so high and the pain so big when you lose.”