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Six years ago today..


Written by Chris Wheatley

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When dawn broke on April 25, 2004, Arsenal had yet to lose after 33 games of what would be an historic Premiership campaign. The title would surely be heading to Highbury; it was just a matter of where Arsène Wenger’s side completed the formalities.

White Hart Lane would have been the choice of most Arsenal fans and, after second-placed Chelsea were beaten by Newcastle in an earlier kick-off, Arsenal’s task became clearer. They would need just one point in the North London derby to be crowned champions.

The visitors raced out of the blocks and took a third-minute lead. Thierry Henry carried the ball out of danger after a Tottenham corner and, having made inroads down the left, slid a perfect pass for Dennis Bergkamp to run on to. The Dutchman crossed low and Patrick Vieira slid in to open the scoring.

Bergkamp set up the second with a beautifully-weighted pass for Vieira as the skipper surged into the penalty area. The Arsenal captain cut the ball back for Robert Pires to provide a clinical finish. A little over half-an-hour had elapsed and Arsenal were cruising to the title.

To their credit, Spurs responded. Jamie Redknapp lashed in a long-range shot to reduce the deficit and, after Pires had struck the bar, Robbie Keane netted a late penalty to earn the hosts a point. Spurs had restored some pride but still had to look on as their rivals celebrated a thoroughly-deserved title.

The Arsenal fans have been reminding White Hart Lane regulars of it ever since.


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ROMFORD TART
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ROMFORD TART
6 years 2 months ago

parlour bergkamp campbell henry pires silver viera

these are all winners

Gooner
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Gooner
6 years 2 months ago

the good old days

ROMFORD TART
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ROMFORD TART
6 years 2 months ago

I DNT GET HOW WENGER CANT SEE THIS…

denilson diaby > viera parlour

walcott bendtner > pires henry

SORRY ARSENE, BUT THAT IS A BIG DIFFERANCE, BUY WORLD CLASS NEXT TIME

Joel
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Joel
6 years 2 months ago

No comparison!…. and what is worse this current crop of players also believe that they are as good…they are not and most sadly of all don’t make up for their lack of ability with a greater amount of effort!

tried and tested
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tried and tested
6 years 2 months ago

how dare you post this sort of stuff,we don’t need to win trophy’s 3rd is good enough for us and not to mention a good champions league run.

alex
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alex
6 years 2 months ago

invincibles and double winning teams’ european record – group stage, group stage, round of 16, group stage
“useless” kids’ european record – Final, QF, SF, QF

Joakim Löf
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Joakim Löf
6 years 2 months ago

The big thing with our team now and the “invincible team” is still our lack of experience. Also we lack some types in team, notably another Vieira/Gilberto type player (we only have Song and we can’t be sure Diaby will ever reach this level), a centreback of prime quality who will peak the next few seasons and of course a Lehmann-class keeper. £10M should do it for each signing and we could be invincible again.

Damian
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Damian
6 years 2 months ago

Gooner you answered yourself yes they are not good enough but it takes money to buy & as Wenger has only had limited funds all he could do was keep us top 4 and wait

Ricky
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Ricky
6 years 2 months ago

Ahh come on chris!! Is this some kind of winde up?? lol..

Its bad enough having to watch these lot we have now.. To bring the good times back to mind in the current situation is a little bit cheeky of you.. lol

Drew
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Drew
6 years 2 months ago

Yes Alex, you are right. The European record proves that Wenger’s third team was better than the Invincibles. Also considering the team that went to the Finals had more members from the Invincibles (Henry, Cashley, Lauren, Pires, Toure, Lehman, Campbell, Ljunberg) even further proves your point.. muppet//

You cannot seriously compare Wenger’s second team and third. The second team were winners. We had winners at every position. There is a lot of dead weight on this team.

Ricky
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Ricky
6 years 2 months ago

Btw the big difference with the team now & the invincibles is everything!! From goalkeeper to striker.

People say we need another vieira but really i would swap every single player except cesc for the invincible team.. Come on, were talking about henry, pires, bergkamp, vieira, campbell, cole & etc, etc.. nobody we got is better in there positions then these lot.

ROMFORD TART
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ROMFORD TART
6 years 2 months ago

ricky you prove a point mate..

______________LEHMAN______________

SAGNA__CAMPBELL__VERMALEEN__CLICHY

__PIRES__FABREGAS__VIERA__PARLOUR__

__________BERGKAMP__HENRY__________

ONLY 3 OF OUT CURRENT PLAYERS WOULD GET IN THE TEAM I WOULD SAY..4 INCLUDING SOL CAMPBELL…

STIL LEFT WITH:

KEOWN
LAUREN
EDU
COLE
TOURE
REYES

NO COMPARISON!

Drew
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Drew
6 years 2 months ago

Sagna Out Lauren In (This could go either way but I liked the fight in Lauren)
Clichy Out Cashley In (I know it sucks but true)
Parlour Out Ljunberg In (And Pires and Ljunberg switch flanks)
Fabregas Out Gilberto In
Vermalean Out Toure In (Toure’s speed complimented Campbell better than Vermalean would. Although that left, right foot combination would have been interesting. But I think Toure is the better partner)

Yea, so no one in this team breaks into the Invincible side for me.

AM
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AM
6 years 2 months ago

@Drew:

I would rather have Clichy over Cole any day.

Also I would have to pick Cesc Fabrigas and Song over Gilberto, as Gilberto was never as good as either player at the age of 22.

Lets see how good Cesc and Song will be in the years to come.

Drew
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Drew
6 years 2 months ago
I am not talking about potential. I am talking today. If you throw potential in there, may be one or two other players make the team. And you say Fab and Song and replace who? Gilberto and? A bold statement. I hate to admit it but I would take Cole over Clichy, then as well as now. Cole – Pires – Henry left triangle was potent. Clichy is error prone as not as defensively solid. There were a lot of times he was made to look silly this season. Although off late he has been solid, he is not up… Read more »
matty
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matty
6 years 2 months ago
Drew your joking right? I love the invisible wall in gilberto but how could you take him over fabregas?? Could you imagine todays fabregas in the invincible squad, threading the passes, would have been incredible. Also its really a 50-50 with vermalean and toure. I would have to pick vermalean though for his jumping and heading ability. I remember back in the invincible days our weakest point was probably defending from set pieces and corners, and i believe vermalean is a better defender for them. Also something different with when vermalean shoots and toure shoots, vermaleans go in and toures… Read more »
Ricky
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Ricky
6 years 2 months ago

Cole over clichy allday mate.. Lets be all be honest here..

ROMFORD TART
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ROMFORD TART
6 years 2 months ago

BLOODY HELL…look i knew cole was better than clichy! i just didnt wanna be honest!

@ drew.. vermaleen over toure…

but can see your point with lauren an sagna..

john
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john
6 years 2 months ago

denilson diaby > viera parlour

walcott bendtner > pires henry

i get your point but its not really the right comparison is it mate.

fabregas song – vieira parlour

van persie arshavin – pires henry

true gooner
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true gooner
6 years 2 months ago

U MAD CASHLEY NOT AS GOOD AS CLICHY. clichy betta def n attack his crosses r brilliant n he haz alot of fight in him never gives up!

gunna
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gunna
6 years 2 months ago

lehman
sagna toure vermaelen clichy
pirez fabregas viera shava
bergkamp henry

still left wiv
rvp
sol
cole
parlour
gilberto
lauren
nasri

nuf said

ROMFORD TART
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ROMFORD TART
6 years 2 months ago

this is also true..

i fink they both have there good days and bad days i suppose

Me
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Me
6 years 2 months ago

I feel like crying right now honestly 🙂 Evra said it last season “men against babies”. We had men once playing at Arsenal, men that loved the club and still do, men that retired in the club, but nevertheless we won trophies and we all celebrated like a real family.

Me
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Me
6 years 2 months ago

I want that fuc**** joy again…just look at Henry’s and other happy faces, they knew how to celebrate after winning, they stood for each other, and the fact that they are Royal Arsenal’s player fuckin’ meant something to them. We lack players, we lack bodies, we lack spirit, we lack togetherness, we lack smiles for god’s sake. The only happy face, Vela’s is now on the bench looking drained.

GoonerDareMKD
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GoonerDareMKD
6 years 2 months ago
Mates the premier league six yeras ago and the premier league today are two different worlds at that time we only have man utd as serious treat chelsea were shit liverpool also, totenham were mid table team city were bataling for religation everton mid table aston villa were was aston villa in that time so we can’t compare because the league is different and don’t forget in that time smaller teams didn’t now how to defend and nowdays you go in a place like Birmingham that no one of the big four beat them there is also stoke, so to… Read more »
ROMFORD TART
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ROMFORD TART
6 years 2 months ago

HARD TO TAKE I KNOW..

THE BORING PAINFULL TRUTH IS WE ARE A YOUNG TEAM (WE ALL KNOW THIS)

THE BEST MEDICINE HAS SIMPLY GOT TO BE “GET OVER IT”

AND ALL WE CAN DO IS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE ARSENAL..

CAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT ONE DAY, MAYBE NEXT YEAR MAYBE ANOTHER 5 YEARS..

WE WILL BE DOMINATING EUROPE AND PUT AN END TO CHELSEA AND UNITEDS REIGN!

Ashton
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6 years 2 months ago

U said it right Romford! We will dominate one day…

gounerz
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gounerz
6 years 2 months ago
theres no problem in bringing up a young team but you always never throw the old boys away easily. wenger kept saying time and time again that he ‘HAD’ to sell the older heads in the team so that they wont get in the way of the younger players getting playing time and maturity. this is simply stupid. you can always rotate players and do substitutions to change the team dimension. the older heads are always needed for the experience, calm, composure and focus. today, at the very least, players like gilberto, pires and sol in the team would have… Read more »
American Gooner
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American Gooner
6 years 2 months ago

@ROMFORD TART:

wow thanks for cheering us up. we are a young team and we just need to get over not contending? yeah, okay. perhaps if we were supporting scunthorpe that would be okay. this is arsenal. we dont attract 60,000 fans for nothing. we need to go out and buy – 4-6 players. we have the funds. we have the need. now we just need to go out and do it. if players have a problem with not being regulars than they need to improve their play or piss off.

Me
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Me
6 years 2 months ago

OMFG once again this year, someone from Manure payed for the PFA team of the year…..I can’t believe that clown Valencia is the best winger in England 😀 wtf

ROMFORD TART
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ROMFORD TART
6 years 2 months ago

DUH obviously we shouldnt be settling! dont you think it kills me to see the mighty arsenal being pushed aside by the bigger teams, the differance between you and me mate is that i have excepted that wenger and the board are going to continue with this project, they may by three players in the summer, but they wont by the 6players we need, just except it and be patient..AGAIN

ROMFORD TART
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ROMFORD TART
6 years 2 months ago

@ me haha its a joke isnt it?

wish i could say it should of been walcott! ONCE AGAIN next season he has ALOT to prove.. if i was wenger i would put him on steroids to bulk him up! and get him some bloody passion and fighting spirit! blokes a pansy! step up THEOOO!

true gooner
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true gooner
6 years 2 months ago

this season iz ova now da invincibles are gone . now we need 2 focus on next season we need 2 keep all da playas wew hve nw n expand on it buy atleast 3-4 playeas 1 must b a quality keepa not almunia n we hve 2 buy a young n great def like tv5, if we do this i 100% sure da league iz gonna com 2 da emirates next season

jason
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jason
6 years 2 months ago

wat’s goin on on 6th may? n wat’s vote eboue stuff banner goin on?

mojo gooner
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mojo gooner
6 years 2 months ago

Hey guys watch this video about chamakh he is the player we need for next season

here is the link copy and paste it on your url

he is a great player, can’t wait for his arrival

mojo gooner
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mojo gooner
6 years 2 months ago

gooner chris i think you should upload this video on the website a great video of chamakh:

American Gooner
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American Gooner
6 years 2 months ago

@ROMFORD TART:

1) difference between you and me is i know how to spell “accepted.”

2) moreover, accepting mediocrity is lame.

American Gooner
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American Gooner
6 years 2 months ago

@mojo gooner:

can he play in goal or at center back? or both?

ROMFORD TART
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ROMFORD TART
6 years 2 months ago

AHH thats where your wrong american gooner the differance between me and you is i have manners.. i might not be able to spell so well, but i can certainly spell this.. your a rude ignorant c.unt

a cheeky c.unt at that, for someone like you to think that they have any right to support the arsenal through a internet feed all the way from the america..

have you ever been to a game? listen yeah? your a mug..stupid yank pratt!

ROMFORD TART
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ROMFORD TART
6 years 2 months ago

o and before your s.hit! american humour tells me i have spelt c.unt and s.hit wrong, i had to put the “.” there so the comment didnt get deleted..

YOUR A DIV

J@CK
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J@CK
6 years 2 months ago

@jason:

Its the UK general election.

My Name Is Earl
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My Name Is Earl
6 years 2 months ago

Gooner Chris, think u shud personally post this vid mate, its class 😀

Gunningooner
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Gunningooner
6 years 2 months ago
PERFECT TEAM
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PERFECT TEAM
6 years 2 months ago

_____________________________AKINKEEF_________________________

__VANDERWEIL__________SUBOTIC________VERMALEEN________CLICHY__

_____________________________YAYATOURE________________________

______________FABREGAS______________________RAMSEY____________

________VANDERVAART__________VANPERSIE_________ARSHAVIN_______

Ricky
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Ricky
6 years 2 months ago

I smell shit everytime arshavin seems to open he’s mouth recently… Cant even do a good job for us & he’s babbling about barca. Even nasri was caught saying not winning trophies is not as big a deal as ppl make it.. are these guys winners or happy contenders??

This is the difference about the players six yrs ago & the players now.. no matter how much the leagues changed that team would have dominated as long as it were 11 v 11..

Gunningooner
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Gunningooner
6 years 2 months ago

unless this is a comment from ages ago…

Gunningooner
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Gunningooner
6 years 2 months ago

He calls us a MID-TABLE ENGLISH TEAM for heavens sake!

iamgooner
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iamgooner
6 years 2 months ago

yeah i do find it a little insulting..

you gotta remember though he is one of the very few players that can win a game single handedly…(when he is on form)

he’s 29 next month…

i dunno, would you swap him for van der vaart? what you think gooners?

GoonerDareMKD
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GoonerDareMKD
6 years 2 months ago

The quotes from arshavin are before he joined us he wanted to go to Barca and today papers mixed that quotes at that time with some of his today quotes when he said that he was in sorrow to watch barca beating us that was before city game and he never said anything about barca he was saying about rvp loss and barca beating us and now the papers combined this two together mark my words the comments from him that he was dreaming to play for barca are when he was at zenit .

American Gooner
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American Gooner
6 years 2 months ago
@ROMFORD TART: lol, you couldn’t even get either reply right. learn some grammar before you come and post (concentrate on the difference between your and you’re especially please). also, i am not sure how i am cheeky for supporting arsenal no matter where i live. i have been to arsenal matches, my family has supported them for ages, and, again, who gives a toss about where i am from or live – you do realize we are a team of foreigners with a foreign manager, mostly foreign ownership, a foreign stadium sponsorship (emirates, that’s really british), etc. get a clue,… Read more »
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