There can be no arguing that Arsene Wenger built one of the best teams in Premier League history.
In the 2003-04 season, the Gunners went unbeaten with a squad that was filled with talent in every area.
Jens Lehmann in goal. Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell in defence. A midfield that included Patrick Vieira and Roberto Pires, while Thierry Henry led the line up front.
No other team has managed to go an entire 38-game campaign without losing - not even the Manchester City side that Pep Guardiola has taken to the title.
It must have been a nerve-wracking experience for any opposing player when, in the tunnel before the match, they saw just what they were up against.
Kieron Dyer, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live after Wenger announced that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, explained just what the feeling was like, and took a cheeky dig at Gary Neville in the process.
“His recruitment was pace and power,” Dyer, who played for Newcastle United in 2003-04, said.
Neville v Dyer
“Obviously Man United and Arsenal were the two dominant teams at the time and when youre in the tunnel and you looked up at all the Man United players you weren’t really intimidated.
“Gary Neville was a dwarf, he was smaller than me and stuff like that.
“But with Arsenal, you didn’t realise how big Henry was, how big [Dennis] Bergkamp was, and then there was Gilberto [Silva] and Vieira and you just looked at them and you were intimidated immediately, and no other team has ever, ever done that to me in the tunnel.”
It’s a pretty funny shot at Neville. And now the former Man United right-back has responded.
“When he looked at me in the tunnel he looked up!! Usually prior to going out and shrinking further v us! 😂,” Neville wrote on Twitter.
When a fan suggested that Dyer didn’t get the opportunity to line up against him too many times due to injury, Neville replied: “Or sub 😮”.
It’s often hard to get a sense of just how serious someone is being on Twitter but Neville has stressed that he’s just having fun.
“Just a bit of fun..,” he later wrote.
Still, it’s a lesson for Dyer. If you’re going to come at Neville, expect him to give it back.
If Neville deletes the tweets
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