It has been 10+ years since the unimaginable 2003/04 Premier League campaign of Arsenal. The Gunners did what was thought to be impossible completing the season unbeaten and in doing so claimed the nickname, ‘The Invincibles.’
The impressive run is the focus of a documentary, #InvinciblesDoc, on NBC Sports, with the premiere at 12pm (Eastern Time) on Sunday, March 1 following the Arsenal v Everton match.
The documentary will air in the United States on NBC Sports, with the premiere at 12pm (ET) on Sunday, March 1 following the Arsenal v Everton match. And for those who miss it have other chances the following day at 9pm, as well as on March 14 on 6am, and at 4pm on March 22 (all ET). Watch some teaser videos on the documentary.
Arsenal did what most people thought was impossible. The Gunners completed the 2003/04 English Premier League campaign unbeaten with 90 points from 26 wins, 12 draws, and 0 defeats. They were 11 points clear of 2nd place Chelsea.
But it was not all easy work with Arsenal narrowly avoiding several potential defeats including 3 matches where the Gunners took a point to help make the ‘Invincibles’ invincible.
The ‘Invincibles’ moniker was applied to the team in tribute of their record and in honor of Preston North End, the only other team that completed a English top division side unbeaten. The Lilywhites achieved their feat over 100 years earlier in the inaugural 1888/89 season of the Football League. Their record was 18 wins, 4 draws, and 0 defeats. They also won the FA Cup that year to truly be ‘invincible’ on the campaign.
There are mixed opinions on whether this impressive run will ever be equaled.
Chelsea was in-form to start the current 2014/15 campaign and many thought the Blues had the talent and depth to challenge Arsenal’s record. But manager Jose Mourinho was quick to pour cold water on those notions, saying in the Telegraph; “The Premier League has changed so much that it’s impossible to [match Arsenal’s unbeaten run]. One team being champion without a defeat? In my opinion, that will stay in the history.”
The Special One is truly that as he was proven correct in the 15th game of the season when Chelsea lost 2-1 to Newcastle.
But not everyone agrees. Arsenal captain, Patrick Viera, from the record run said in the Mirror, “Yes, of course. Records are out there for teams to beat.”
But what does the former French international know. In the same interview he was suggesting this year’s Chelsea side had what it took; “I think that Chelsea look really promising. They have not specially played well but they keep winning and they look really strong.”
Oh well. What do you think? Will another team ever go unbeaten in the Premier League?
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