Why Arsenal's 'Invincibles' are not that impressive
Arsenal opinion: Gunners fans point to unbeaten season of 2003/04 - was their achievement really that impressive?
At one stage, Arsenal were considered a feared opponent, the top-dogs in the Premier League alongside Manchester United, until the arrival or Roman Abramovich at Chelsea.
There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger brought in a fresh approach to the Arsenal side and saw relative success as manager, capturing three Premier League crowns, alongside four FA Cup victories and also four Community Shield wins, but the eight-year wait continues for the fans.
The likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and even Manchester City have won big in recent years; whilst Arsenal were once considered a massive threat in various competitions, that does not seem to be the case anymore, as they battle for a Champions League spot.
Manchester United and Chelsea fans talk about the competitions they have won and what they are expecting, but it seems that the Arsenal fan-base cannot enter these talks as the expectations have significantly dropped. The only thing they are left clinging on to is their incredible invincible season of 2003/04, where they drew 12 games and did not lose.
Although this incredible feat will take something special to achieve by any club in the Premier League, in European football is this record so special?
In 2004, Arsenal’s attempt to go 50 league matches unbeaten came to an abrupt end with defeat at Old Trafford. Whilst Italian giants Juventus also went their previous season unbeaten, the exact same number as Arsenal’s run, 49 with a 3-1 defeat at home to Inter Milan.
Although these records are incredible, are they the best unbeaten runs in Europe? Do Arsenal fans really have something to boast about? Below is a list of clubs with unbeaten runs in domestic leagues, which have provided at least one European Cup winner.
10) Nottingham Forest | England
Unbeaten in 42 games - 26/11/1977 to 09/12/1978
9) Dinamo Bucharest | Romania
Unbeaten in 47 games - 26/05/1991 to 26/09/1992
=7) Juventus | Italy
Unbeaten in 49 games - 15/05/2011 to 03/11/2012
=7) Arsenal | England
Unbeaten in 49 games - 07/05/2003 to 24/10/2004
6) Ajax | Netherlands
Unbeaten in 52 games - 28/08/1994 to 14/01/1996
5) FC Porto | Portugal
Unbeaten in 53 games - 22/11/1994 to 23/03/1996
4) Benfica | Portugal
Unbeaten in 56 games - 24/10/1976 to 01/09/1978
3) Milan | Italy
Unbeaten in 58 games - 26/05/1991 to 21/03/1993
2) Celtic | Scotland
Unbeaten in 62 games - 20/11/1915 to 21/04/1917
1) Steaua Bucharest | Romania
Unbeaten in 104 games - 17/08/1986 to 09/09/1989
Arsenal’s streak is in joint seventh place alongside Juventus who both went unbeaten in 49 games, but with six teams above Arsenal with longer unbeaten runs, do Arsenal fans really have anything left to boast about their club in recent years?
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