Wenger wants Invincibles Mk II

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Arsene Wenger says he is striving to restore Arsenal to the level of performance that saw the north London side break new ground in English football eight years ago.

The 2003-04 Premier League title winners went the entire season unbeaten - a record they extended to 49 games before tasting defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford in controversial circumstances.

This achievement has been recognised by the Premier League as it celebrates 20 years of existence, with the Arsenal 'Invincibles' being chosen as the best team in the history of the competition.

It is an award that makes Wenger feel particularly proud, and he has set himself the target of creating another side capable of matching the feats of Arsenal's greatest ever team.

“I am proud of [winning the award] and very happy because I told the players at the time they could achieve something special once we were champions by being invincible,” he told Arsenal Player.

“They did it, but at the time they did not realise how much it would mean in the future. I am very proud of that.

“My target is to get back to that level. I feel we are not far from coming back to fight for the championship, and let's hope we can show that next season.”

Arsenal were shortlisted for the award alongside Blackburn's title winners of '95, the Manchester United sides of 1998-99 and 2007-08, while Jose Mourinho's champions of 2004-05 also made the list.

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