Arsenal finish the season unbeaten
The Sport Review continues to reflect upon 10 of the best sporting moments of the last decade.
Arsenal made history in the 2003-04 season as they made it through 38 games unscathed in the league, failing to succumb to a single loss. It ensured the north London club a thirteenth top flight title.
They emulated Preston North End who were the last side to remain unbeaten throughout the season in 1888-89. However the achievements of Arsene Wenger and his players overshadow that of the legends of the past.
When we consider the hectic fixture schedules of modern footballer including games in the league, cup and Europe, it really is a magnificent achievement which is unlikely to be matched in the foreseeable future.
Indeed Arsenal played double the amount of games in the league than that Preston side of the 19th century.
There were many highlights of that season; Thierry Henry’s majestic four-goal haul against Leeds United; winning the title at White Hart Lane, but the feat was not achieved until the final day of the season.
Arsenal met Leicester City at Highbury. The nerves of the home fans were tested when Paul Dickov nodded the visitors ahead after 25 minutes. However Thierry Henry and Patrick Viera sealed the victory with two second half strikes.
Arsene Wenger remarked after the game: “I always had that dream and to fulfil it was marvellous.”
Their final record boasted 26 wins and 12 draws. The Premier League manufactured a special gold version of the Premiership trophy to commemorate the achievement.
The unbeaten run was finally ended by Manchester United in the 50th game at Old Trafford in the 2004-05 season.