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Arsenal boss lauds PL champions Man Utd

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and his opposite number, Sir Alex Ferguson, have enjoyed a fractious relationship down the years, but after a scoreless draw at Old Trafford it was praise all round. Wenger told the club's official web site: "It is an exceptional achievement and congratulations to him. It is fantastic what his team have done this year. The overall achievement is remarkable."

Wenger was also pleased to have seen a marked improvement in his side from their Champions League defeat at the hands of United, two weeks ago.

"I believe we played with a lot of heart and desire. When we played in the Champions League, I think we were inhibited a bit by the occasion - it was too big perhaps - and in the second leg we had no chance to play the game. Today we showed we have the quality. We played with a lot of authority on the pitch.

"Man United like to play on the counter-attack and I felt we were much sharper on winning the ball back but have the regret that we couldn't score the goal that would have livened the game up - it would have forced them to come out. In the last 20 minutes, they made a change to play for a 0-0."

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