3 players who have played under Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson
The Premier League enters a new era with new faces, tactics, and characters. The two longest-serving managers in the English top flight, Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson have had major battles in the past but the 18/19 season will be the first season in the Premier League without both these great figures.
However, only three players have played for both men and experienced what is it like in both dressing rooms. Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson created a rivalry that enthralled and captivated audiences from around the world and made the Premier League what it is today.
Here we look at the three players who have played under both these great managers.
#3 Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie, Arsenal's then captain and top scorer decided in 2012 he wanted to move to Manchester United in search of silverware as his Gunners contract was coming to a close. Arsenal was unable to refuse an offer for the Dutchman as he risked losing him for free, with Wenger admitting the club were not in a financially strong enough position to keep their top players.
The prolific striker moved to United in what was seen by many as the ultimate betrayal. Van Persie left the Gunners in search for silverware and went on to win the league title in his first season with Red Devils, which was to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge.
Van Persie stayed at the club for another 2 years before moving away without any considerable success under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman played under two of the greatest managers of all time and claimed Wenger to be his footballing father and labelled Ferguson a genius.