Jose Mourinho backs Arsenal to produce another Invincibles squad

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Jose Mourinho has already started his mind games ahead of next season, claiming Arsenal are four players away from emulating the achievements of The Invincibles.

Arsene Wenger built arguably the best squad the Premier League has ever seen for the 2003/04 season and made history by remaining unbeaten for the entire campaign.

Chelsea had been backed to repeat the feat this term but would eventually succumb to Newcastle United in December.

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Many believe the increase will prevent Arsenal's achievement from ever being emulated, but Mourinho thinks the Gunners have a chance of doing it again, but only if Wenger buys four world-class players in the summer.

The Blues manager was responding to Thierry Henry's claim that the Gunners will need to make four major additions to challenge what is likely to be Chelsea's crown next season.

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Henry's claim

Arsenal's all-time top scorer made the claim whilst commenting on the 0-0 draw between the two teams on Sunday. He said that Arsenal would need a new spine, including "a new goalkeeper, centre back, holding midfielder & top quality striker in order to win this League."

But Mourinho thinks that if Arsenal make all of those additions, they will have a squad capable of matching the team that was spearheaded by Henry himself.

More difficult now

"It's even more difficult to dominate than before," Mourinho told reporters. "How can you speak about domination when everyone knows what will happen next summer?

"Arsenal have a phenomenal squad. Thierry Henry said they need four top-class players but give to Arsenal four top-class players and I think they will again be The Invincibles."

The mind games

Mourinho knows this season is effectively finished. The Blues have an easy run in and can seal the title with wins against Leicester City and Crystal Palace so his focus will be firmly on next season.

Having won eight straight games in a row before Sunday's stalemate, Mourinho will see Arsenal as his main title rivals for next season. As a result, he will work his media magic from the first opportunity.

By claiming Arsenal have a tremendous squad, it puts pressure on Wenger to perform. Mourinho thrives on being the underdog and he will try his best to build Arsenal up so the media can tear them down when they slip up.


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