Arsenal’s famous ‘Invincibles’ team of 2004 will forever go down as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever sides.
Under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger, the Gunners went the entire 2003/04 campaign unbeaten, winning 26 and drawing 12 of their games en route to reclaiming the title.
Armed with the likes of record goalscorer Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp and Sol Campbell, Arsenal dominated English football and eventually made history by going 49 games without defeat.
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It’s an impossible task to pinpoint a weakness in the side, with the Gunners’ defence, midfield and attack all bursting with power, pace, creativity and vigour.
However, for one ‘Invincible’, a current member of Arsenal’s squad would be good enough to earn a place in the 2003/04 side.
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According to right-back Lauren, Alexis Sanchez possesses the work ethic and charisma that resonated throughout Arsenal’s title-winning squad.
He told Goal: “Straight away I would say Alexis Sanchez [would get into the ‘Invincibles’ team].
“He’s the kind of player who gives 110 per cent in every single game.
“I think to achieve targets and success you need players like that. I like this type of player. You need charismatic figures within the Arsenal squad and he’s one of them.”
Praise doesn’t get much bigger than that.
And it’s easy to see why Lauren holds Sanchez in such high regard, given the positive impact the Chilean has made since arriving at the Emirates Stadium in 2014.
His energy, pace, trickery and finishing have all come to the fore throughout his two-year spell and helped him along to scoring 42 goals, alongside 22 assists.
However, recent reports suggest a rift has emerged between the player and club.
This is according to the Telegraph, who claim that whilst Sanchez has been left frustrated by the lack of silverware won this season, Arsenal insiders are also growing tired of his attitude.
Such discontent has seen the 27-year-old’s future in north London thrown into doubt, with Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich monitoring his situation.
Arsenal are reportedly willing to sell if the price is right but the issue remains that a big name will be needed to replace him.
Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been rumoured with a move in recent weeks following a season where he’s scored 18 goals and assisted a further 20.
The Gunners would face a battle to sign him, though, amidst interest from a host of elite European sides, Chelsea included.
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