Arsenal boss Wenger: Benitez won't rattle Ferguson

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he was surprised by Rafa Benitez's verbal attack on Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson.

After victory over Bolton, Wenger said of the Liverpool manager: “I must say it came as a big surprise because he is usually a quiet man. I wouldn’t like to comment further on that. I don’t know really what it was about basically.

“I don’t know what he [Ferguson] is doing, you don’t know, I don’t know, nobody knows in the country. I believe that it’s not down to me to do that. If Ferguson, Benitez or me do something wrong then you have people around the referees who make reports, I don’t want to intervene with that.

“It is important that we focus on the game. When we see something that isn’t normal, we tell it. I saw it at Aston Villa and I said that after the game. Apart from that I couldn’t see any deep problem for English football in there.”

Asked if Benitez's outburst could affect Liverpool's season, Wenger also told arsenal.com: “It depends on the results. It is very difficult, for example, Benitez looked very angry I don’t know what happened behind the scenes but it is very difficult to determine what influence it has on the results of the team.

“I remember when I arrived here there was the famous story with Kevin Keegan and Ferguson where, in the end, there was that famous moment where Keegan lost his nerves a little bit and it cost him the championship. I am not convinced though; I think their defensive frailty cost them the championship rather than one moment of their manager losing his cool a little bit.

“It will certainly have an impact on their relationship but not on Ferguson.”

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