It is the greatest ever feat achieved in English football and will probably not be replicated ever again.

 

The 2003/04 Arsenal team gained immortality by going the entire Premier League season unbeaten and what made the remarkable feat all the more impressive was the fact that it was achieved through a style which can be described as beautiful football at its best.

 

1. Lauren Etame Mayer: Joined Arsenal for a fee of £7.2 million from Mallorca in the summer of 2000. Having won the Premier League twice and the FA Cup 3 times he left Arsenal in January 2007 to join Portsmouth where he also won the FA Cup before finishing his career abroad. He played 32 games in the 2003 - 04 season.

2. Jens Lehmann: Played most of his career in his native Germany with 468 League appearances and 2 goals. He played all 38 games of the 2003 - 04 season, his first in the Premier League. He won the FA Cup the following season with Arsenal. He joined Stuggart in 2008 and, after 2 seasons, announced his retirement. In March 2011 he came out of retirement to help Arsenal due to an injury crisis where they had only 1 fit goalkeeper. Made one first team appearance against Blackpool in April 2011, becoming the oldest player to play for Arsenal.

3. Ashley Cole: Local lad who supported Arsenal as a boy. Hhe made his Premier League debut in May 2000, but it wasn't until late the following season, due to injury to Silvinho, that he got the opportunity to establish himself in the side. He became the first choice left back for England in 2001 and held that position for countless years. He played 32 games in the 2003 - 04 season and, after 2 Premier League triumphs, 3 FA Cups and defeat in the Champions League Final, he controversially moved to rivals Chelsea.

4. Kolo Toure: Signed for a fee of £150,000 in February 2002 and made his debut in the Charity Shield that August. Initially regarded as a utility defender, it wasn't until start of the 2003 - 04 season that Wenger started to play him alongside Sol Campbell. The partnership was formidable, with Toure playing 37 games that season. After a Premier League success and 2 FA Cup winning medals he was sold to Manchester City in July 2009.

5. Sol Campbell: Under the Bosman rulling, he was the first high profile free transfer in the Premier League, when he controversially joined Arsenal from North London rivals Spurs. He was part of the double winning side of 2001 - 02 as well as playing 35 games in the "Invincibles" season. After moving first to Portsmouth, he went back to Arsenal briefly in 2010. Initially to get fit for a tranfer window - he found himself re-signed to cover for injuries making 11 league appearances.

6. Gilberto Silva: After winning the World Cup in 2002 he expressed a desire to play in the Premier League and Arsenal won the chase to sign him. He made his debut in the Charity Shield that August and scored the winning goal. He played 32 games in the 2003 - 04 season. Positioning himself between the central defence and the rest of midfield, he was brilliant at breaking up attacks before they gathered momentum. He won 2 Premier Leagues and  2 FA Cups with Arsenal.

7. Freddie Ljungberg: His £3 million tranfer fee in 1998 was the most ever paid for a sweedish player. He scored on his debut when coming on as a sub against Manchester United. He was outstanding for Arsenal in the second half of the double winning season of 2001 - 02. Confortable on either wing, he played 30 League matches in the 2003 - 04 season.

8. Patrick Viera: In September 1996 Arsene Wenger insisted on the £3.5 million purchase of Viera from Milan prior to taking up his post as manager. His height, stamina and physical strength allowed him to settle into the English game quickly, forming a great partnership in midfield with Petit. In his first full season with the club, 1997 - 98, he won the "double". After winning 3 Leagues and 5 FA Cups with Arsenal he went to Juventus for £20 million in 2005 where he won 4 league titles on the trot. He finished his career with a FA Cup victory with Manchester City.

9. Robert Pires: After being signed for £6 million in 2000, he'd got to grips with the English game and by the following season he was voted FWA Footballer of the Year. He was a crucial member of the "Invincibles" side - playing 36 League matches and being second top scorer with 14 goals and 10 assists. He won 2 leagues and 3 FA Cups with Arsenal.

10. Dennis Bergkamp: A product of the Ajax Academy, he joined Arsenal for a record £7.5 million fee from Internazionale in 1995. When Wenger joined the following season he became the fulcrum for the team's forward play. He helped the side do the "double" in the 1997 - 98 season and, despite missing an FA Cup final due to injury, he was voted PFA Footballer of the Year. He player 28 games in the 2003 - 04 season, scoring 4 goals and 10 assists.

11. Thierry Henry: Signed for Arsenal from Juventus in 1999 for £11 million. After 8 years with the club he had won 2 League titles and 3 FA Cup medals, as well as a Runner's Up medal in the Champions League. A statue of Henry was unveiled at the Emirates Stadium in honour of himbecoming "The Gunner's" all time record goal scorer.

12. Arsène Wenger: In his second season at the club, Arsenal won the Premier League and the FA Cup, completing the second League and Cup double in the club's history. The team, written off by many journalists after losing 1 - 3 at home to Blackburn Rovers, had made up a 12 point deficit on Manchester United in the final nine weeks of the season, securing the league title with two games to spare. Wenger achieved the double once more in the 2001 - 02 season. The crowning moment was the win against Manchester United at Old Trafford in the penultimate game of the season. Striker Sylvain Wiltord scored the winning goal to secure the club's 12th league championship and third double. Four days earlier, Arsenal beat Chelsea 2 - 0 in the 2002 FA Cup Final

 

 

 

 

 

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