Arsene Wenger has explained why he invited Sir Alex Ferguson to watch Arsenal’s Carabao Cup victory over Doncaster.
Wenger guided the Gunners to an insipid 1-0 victory over Doncaster in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday, with Ferguson watching on as son Darren clashed with his former adversary.
The Arsenal boss was impressed with Rovers, who are 19th in League One with one victory from eight games.
“They came, they gave us a tough time,” Wenger said. “They never showed us any weakness, mentally they kept going until the end. They could have scored a goal as well, and I must say I was surprised by their quality and their level.
“So they shouldn’t be too concerned about staying in the league. They have enough to stay in the league for me.”
Ferguson’s father, former Manchester United boss Ferguson, watched on from the stands as part of a record-low Emirates Stadium attendance.
Wenger revealed he had invited his former rival along to watch the contest.
“I invited him tonight,” he said.
“Sport is very good in that you fight against each other and with respect. He was a big personality in the Premier League.”