Invincible memories

BigPoppaPump

Points Out The Obvious
So why were the invincibles tore apart so quickly? In the space of like 2 seasons we lost pretty much all of them.

Was it because of money? I doubt it was all the money I feel like Arsène wanted to move on to his smaller more technical possession based style that would dominate the next few years. But that’s just assumption without any reference.
 

Garrincha

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So why were the invincibles tore apart so quickly? In the space of like 2 seasons we lost pretty much all of them.

Was it because of money? I doubt it was all the money I feel like Arsène wanted to move on to his smaller more technical possession based style that would dominate the next few years. But that’s just assumption without any reference.
The tight finances sure played a part but alot were on the decline so made the decisions easier.

Only a few of the Invincibles that left between 2004-2008 kicked on or even maintained their level after exit. They were joining clubs like West Ham, Middlesborough, Panathinaikos, Portsmouth, Villarreal etc. With the 30 year old players the policy at the time of only offering one year deals was an issue that I think resulted in quite a few exits.

Vieira & Cole are really the two questionable ones. We sure messed up contract negotiations with Cole over a relatively small difference. Vieira had seen his best days & wanted out in previous years but 18m for such an important figure? Not sure thats a decision Wenger would make again... Think if he had a time machine its a three man midfield with Cesc & Vieira.

Thierry I guess is the opposite example. He was expected to leave & new deal only broke the morning after CL defeat. We dried up the bank to keep him transitioning into the new stadium & that next season only played half the league games in a very moody fashion before cheap exit.
 

Flying Okapis

Most Well-Known Member
Loved the invincibles (obviously) but that was definitely the year we should have done something in Europe. CL was won by Porto that year, as good as that one off Porto side was it was an opportunity missed imo, that would have cemented us as the best team in Europe that year without question.

****in' Wayne Bridge as well! :frustrated:
 

rich 1990

Not A Big Believer In Diversity
Loved the invincibles (obviously) but that was definitely the year we should have done something in Europe. CL was won by Porto that year, as good as that one off Porto side was it was an opportunity missed imo, that would have cemented us as the best team in Europe that year without question.

****in' Wayne Bridge as well! :frustrated:
Forum idea: Censor the name Wayne Bridge and anyone that mentions him henceforth.
 

Tir Na Nog

Changes Opinion Every 5 Minutes
The year after when we got knocked out to Bayern wasn't exactly great either, I mean it wasn't the best Bayern side we've seen. Certainly nowhere the sides under Heynkes and Pep.
 

Riou

A-M's Resident Jobber

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...what a photo :drool:
 

Tir Na Nog

Changes Opinion Every 5 Minutes

After the unbeaten run ended of course but still something worth remember.

Like how they put "did you know?" at the start, of course we know it's part of he reason we're so hated still was because of stuff like this.
 

Tir Na Nog

Changes Opinion Every 5 Minutes

To me this is ****ing crazy, I thought they started most games together. Like I know Wiltord and Edu also started a lot of games, and then Reyes second half of the season but I assumed this one started the majority of games. Maybe the Mandela effect. It's even funnier because any analysis you see of our invincibles is usually mainly of that XI. Which means that the tactics weren't always the same because it's different having Wiltord up front instead of Bergkamp for example, or Edu in midfield, or Parlour.

Also when you think of how Liverpool last season, Chelsea under Conte and Leicester in 2016 were virtually able to play the same XI almost every week, it makes the invincibles achievement more impressive that Wenger didn't have the same luxury.
 

Sapient Hawk

The Reason We're Out of Europe
2003-2004 unbeaten season was a great achievement but I rank both double winning seasons higher.

Especially the 1997-1998 season. We were 6 in the table by Christmas. Out of contention by any reckoning. To storm our way to the top of the table with pure grit & obstinance was just a delight to watch. Crowned by beating United at Old Trafford courtesy of Overmars' goal. I knew then we would win our first premier league title.

Proper nostalgia :drool:
 

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