Premier League legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger have been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame, honouring their legacies.
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Sir Alex Ferguson, a 13-time Premier League champion, and his longtime rival Arsene Wenger, the only manager to guide a Premier League team to an undefeated championship, were both honoured with inductions into the Premier League Hall of Fame.
It is only appropriate that the two managers are included on the list because they left behind legacies that will be impossible to match, developed players who went on to become world beaters, and maintained a rivalry that was the envy of leagues for almost two decades.
At Old Trafford, where he stayed for 27 years, Sir Alex Ferguson played in the Premier League for 21 of those years.
Intriguingly, United hasn't won an EPL title since Fergie departed.
The club won the league's inaugural season in 1992–93 and went on to win twelve more, including the final one of his reign.
Ferguson, without a doubt the most successful manager of the Premier League period, was in charge of several Hall of Fame-calibre players, including Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes, David Becham, Roy Keane, and Wayne Rooney.
"Being inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame makes me incredibly happy. When you get acknowledgment like this, it's an honor," Fergie said.
"I think Arsene is a very deserving inductee because of the amazing way he changed Arsenal Football Club. They developed into a challenging team to fight against, and we both had a competitive drive to succeed.
With his 22-year tenure at Arsenal, from the club's highly regarded Highbury Stadium to the ultra-modern Emirates Stadium that serves as their current home, Arsene Wenger holds the record for the longest managerial tenure in the Premier League era.
Wenger won three Premier League championships, including the most illustrious one in the 2003–04 campaign when he led a league-favourite side to a perfect season without suffering a loss.
The Frenchman also changed the division and Arsenal as a whole.
He expressed his gratitude for being chosen for the Premier League Hall of Fame. "We always wanted to offer something special to the fans, and when you have players who can do extraordinary things, the duty to excellence is the most important thing for me.
"It is a tremendous honour for me to share this with Sir Alex. You battle ferociously and endure the distance as a pair, just like two boxers. At the end of the day, he respects you, and meeting him to discuss past conflicts over a good bottle of wine will be a great chance.