Arsene Wenger has hailed his Invincibles as the greatest Arsenal squad he managed.
Arsenal’s title-winning team of 2003/2004 – starring Gunners legends such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira went down in history as ‘The Invincibles’ after going the whole season without losing a game.
Wenger is in no doubt that his 2003-4 team – also featuring the likes of Jens Lehmann, Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure, Ashley Cole and Robert Pires – was his finest.
However, he also praised the team he inherited in 1996, which won the 1997-8 league crown and included Highbury heroes like David Seaman, Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn and Martin Keown.
“You would say the Invincibles – it’s an easy question to answer,” Wenger said when asked which title-winning side was the best, in quotes reported by Metro .
“My dream was always to play a season without losing a game so I cannot go against that.
“But as well I must say I inherited a team of men when I came to Arsenal – this was the team that won in 98.
“Adams, [Steve] Bould, Winterburn, Keown, [Lee] Dixon – that was the core of the team.
“It was branded Arsenal players who were ready to die for the club. You could go after the game in the fight in the corridors you would know they would not leave you alone – this was the type of players I had at the start.
“They were ready to go to war with you, you could be in the trenches with them.
“Afterwards the second generation of players who had as well exceptional charisma. We speak a lot about the first generation but the other defence of Lauren, Campbell, Toure and Ashley Cole were exceptional with Lehmann in goal- they were characters.
“At the end of the day when you look back you feel when you get that right – the personalities – you are ready to go anywhere in the world. These teams had charisma.”