Arsene Wenger has admitted that his long-time Premier League rivals are no longer afraid of him, noting that the warm reception he received from Manchester United fans on Sunday owed somewhat to that fact.
A late Marouane Fellaini header condemned Wenger and a second-string Arsenal side to defeat in the Frenchman's last visit to Old Trafford, after Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan had traded goals earlier in the match.
Wenger told BBC Sport:
"There were many question marks if we would be strong enough to fight but the quality was good the spirit was good, many players stood up. It was a negative result and a positive performance."
"I have worked at a top level for 35 years without any interruption and I think I am the only one who has done that. I am in unknown territory.
This is the gift in which Manchester United gave to Arsene Wenger pic.twitter.com/l09HnLWXmJ— United Report (@ManUtdReport_) April 29, 2018
Sir Alex Ferguson was present at the dugout to greet his old foe before the match, handing over a boxed gift - with Wenger saying immediately after the game: