Date: 20th September 2008 at 9:30am
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Alex Ferguson has turned up the heat ahead of the big clash between Chelsea & Man Utd tomorrow by claiming that the games with Arsenal are bigger matches.

Despite Arsenal not having won the title for four years the United gaffer respects the rivalry built between to the two clubs over Arsene Wenger’s tenure.

Fergie said: “I would prefer Arsenal to win it rather than some other clubs I could mention.”

“If you look back over the last 12 or 13 years, who has it been? Arsenal v Manchester United, Manchester United v Arsenal.’

“Of course we`ve got Chelsea at the moment ? that`s without question. But the history of Arsenal against Manchester United means that you`re not just talking about winning a football match ? you`re talking about your history against the other team`s history.’

“There`s a dominance attached to that. You want to be the dominant team and they want to be the dominant team ? we`ve had some volatile matches because of that.’

“But you can`t beat the history and the quality that both teams believe in, and the way they want to play has never changed.”

Whilst Fergie’s comments are more likely to have been made to mess with the minds over at Chelsea, they still have an element of truth to them.

That’s said I’m growing increasingly uncomfortable with the Wenger-Fergie love-ins that seem to be occurring these days.