Premier League Hall of Fame: Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson become first managers to be inducted

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Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson have become the first managers inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

The pair enjoyed remarkable success during their time in the English top-flight, winning a combined 16 Premier League titles.

Sir Alex led Manchester United to a record 13 titles, while Wenger guided Arsenal to an unbeaten season back in 2003-04.

“I am very grateful to have been selected for the Premier League Hall of Fame,” said Wenger.

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“We always wanted to give something special to the fans and when you have players capable of remarkable things, the most important thing for me is the obligation of perfection.

“I’d like to be known as someone who loved Arsenal, who respected the values of the club and left it in a position where it can grow and become even bigger.

“To share this with Sir Alex is a great honour for me. It’s like two boxers, you fight like mad and go the distance together.

“At the end of the day, you have respect and it will be a great opportunity to meet with him, share a good bottle of wine and memories of our old battles.”

The Premier League launched its hall of fame in 2021, but until now only players had been inducted into it.

Sir Alex and Wenger are the first managers to be inducted and will be formally honoured at a Premier League Hall of Fame event in May. All inductees receive a medallion engraved with their name and the year of their induction, along with a £10,000 donation made by the Premier League to a charity of their choice.

A shortlist of 15 former players eligible to join the Premier League Hall of Fame in 2023 will be announced on Thursday.

Fans will be invited to help select three further inductees who will join the 16 players already in the Hall of Fame.