Arsenal, the North London side may be currently experiencing a title drought. But what they have done back in 03-04 season, was nothing short of a miracle. Remaining unbeaten on a whole season is something, that you won’t see very often. In fact, this is the only instance in the football history so far.
Pep Guardiola’s Man City might be the first team to win the League title by smashing 100 points. Man Utd Might be the team with most titles so far. But the record, that Gunners are holding is yet to be broken.
Who are the Invincibles? (For More Arsenal vs Man City News download the Footylight app. Also available on iOS and Android)
The name, ‘Invincibles’ is given to the Arsenal side of 03-04 season for remaining unbeaten in that season and winning the League Title. They had won 26 matches out of 38, while drawing the other 12. They clinched the title with 90 points on that season. To respect their immense achievement, PL authority decided to give them a golden trophy instead of the traditional silver one. They had scored 73 goals and conceded only 26 in the whole season.
The Man behind Arsenal in 03-04 Season
Arsene Wenger was the coach of Arsenal. He usually used 4-4-2 formation. But this could be lined up also as a 4-2-3-1 when Dennis Bergkamp dropped into number 10 position. The Frenchman has an exceptional intuition of identifying players no one had heard of. And later making them into full internationals was also unmatched at that time. Toure was signed for £150,000 from an Ivorian club. Later he was converted from midfield and full-back into a central defender. While Ljungberg cost £3 million from Halmstads in Sweden.
Perhaps the most flattering compliment one can pay Wenger is that he was Sir Alex Ferguson’s first true equal.
Key Players for Arsenal (For More Arsenal vs Man City News download the Footylight app. Also available on iOS and Android)
Thierry Henry was at the peak of his form. And finished second in the Ballon D’Or voting in 2003 and fourth in 2004. Arsene Wenger used left winger Robert Pires as a secondary source of goals. Who netted 14 times in that season. Patrick Viera was considered as the heart and brain of the team from defense to mid field. From the right hand side, Freddie Ljungberg was a box to box player. Who had risen up to his game in big occasions. But that Arsenal side will be mostly remembered for their exciting attacking football. Henry’s partnership with Bergkamp was near perfection. That partnership was a perfect mixture of speed, accuracy, skill and intelligence. With the Bergkamp’s tendency to drop into the hole. While Henry’s fondness of pulling out on to the left flank. They were brilliant at finding space.
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