RELIVE – ARSENAL’S INVINCIBLE SEASON
Arsenal are the only team in Premier League history to remain unbeaten a full season.They achieved this feat in 2003-04
season under manager Arsene Wenger.They won 26 games and drew 12 in that season.
Arsenal had finished runner-up to Manchester United
the previous season and were itching to regain the title.Arsenal were among the favourites to win the Premier League along
with Defending champions Manchester United and Chelsea under their new owner Roman Abramovich,a Russian Billionaire.
Arsenal`s transfer activity was relevantly quiet.Though the club were able to retain the core of its team,successfully
negotiating new contracts with Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires.German GK Jens Lehmann was the only major addition
to the first team,who replaced David Seaman.
1.On the opening day of the season,Arsenal hosted Everton at Highbury.It was just 25 minutes into the game when Arsenal
found themselves a man down as Sol Campbell was sent off for his challenge on Thomas Gravenson.Despite being a man down
Arsenal found themselves a goal up with a Thierry Henry penalty.The hosts continued to attack and doubled their lead
in the 58th minute ,with Pires opening his account of the season.With six minutes left on the clock ,Tomasz Radzinski
scored for Everton ,but it was too little too late and Arsenal won their first game 2-1.
2.Arsenal next game was an away trip to Middlesbrough,which they com comprehensively by 4 goals,with goals from Henry,
Gilberto Silva and Sylvain Wiltford(x2).
3.Three days later Henry and Campbell scored as Arsenal beat Aston Villa 2-0 at home.
4.Arsenal maintained their perfect start to the season with a 1-2 away victory at Manchester City.
Going into the International break Arsenal were top of the league and were ahead of Manchester United by 3 points.