Wenger explains how his best Arsenal team helped him achieve dream

Date published: Saturday 12th October 2019 4:42

Arsene Wenger has named the Arsenal side that went the entire 2003-04 season undefeated as the best he has ever managed.

The legendary French coach guided Arsenal to the league title in 2004, although it proved to be the last time he won the Premier League.

A reminiscent Wenger told beIn Sports as part of a Q&A session that the ‘Invincibles’ were the greatest group of players he led to the league title.

“You would say the Invincibles – it’s an easy question to answer,” he said.

“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, Bould, Winterburn, Keown, 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.”

 

While Wenger has been out of management since leaving Arsenal in 2018, after more than two decades with the club, the 69-year-old recently reiterated that he plans to get back on the touchline – even if he is weighing up a job offer from FIFA.

“I just want to share what I’ve learnt and give it back to the game in a different way,” he said. “I am not sure if I would stop coaching as well because the devil is still in there. But I have to see, ‘do I like it?’ And can I be efficient?’”

 

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