Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his most memorable moment in the Gunners’ long standing rivalry with Manchester UnitedGetty Images

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his most memorable moment in the Gunners' long standing rivalry with Manchester United.

The north London club and their Old Trafford counterparts have been the Premier League's traditional rivals for over a decade. It was only after the arrival of Chelsea and Manchester City in recent years and Arsenal's slight decline that the rivalry has dampened a bit.

But every season when the teams meet, the rivalry is reignited and it is set to fire up again when the north London club visit Old Trafford for an FA Cup quarter-final clash on Monday.

The French manager has cited the famous spat between United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and Gunners defender Martin Keown during the 2003/04 season as his most memorable moment in the rivalry between the two teams.

Wenger was speaking to the former Arsenal defender and said: "The most memorable? You were involved in it," Wenger told Keown, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

"Of course that famous incident with the penalty with Van Nistelrooy," the Arsenal boss added.

The 65-year-old manager believes that the memories are much more important than the number of medals he has received and confessed that he does not know where his FA Cup medals from previous successes were kept.

He admits that more than the medal it is the difference a person can make to enrich other people's lives and the positive influence one can have on the players and the team that lasts much longer than one medal.

"Medals, I don't even know where there are. That tells you that I don't look back."

"The human side of the game is more important to me as opposed to the medals. I prefer a box of memories. In this job, you have a big influence in people's lives, they have a big influence in your life as well," the Frenchman explained.

"At the top top level, these are special people - that remains longer with you than the medal, it's not the only thing that matters. You want to think you can have a positive influence on people lives, the club and the style of play," Wenger concluded.