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Arsenal’s Invincibles: Where are they now?

Arsenal's Invincibles: Where are they now?
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Pascal Cygan

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Probably the least memorable of the Invincibles because of his struggles to cope with the pacy attackers in English football. Still, Pascal Cygan‘s versatility came in handy for Arsene Wenger when full-backs Ashley Cole or Gael Clichy were unavailable.

The uncapped Frenchman left for Villarreal in 2006 before retiring at Spanish second division club Cartagena four years later.

Ray Parlour

Ray Parlour
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The former England international did admirably as a back-up option for Vieira and Gilberto in midfield. Upon completing 12 years at Highbury, however, Parlour left for Middlesbrough.

The two-time Premier League winner had a solid debut season at Riverside but soon fell out of favour. He eventually retired in 2007at Hull City amid injury problems.

Nowadays, Parlour works as a radio and television pundit.

Edu Gasper

Edu of Arsenal
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The now-technical director of Arsenal made 127 appearances for the club in all competitions during his career.

Edu’s best season was undoubtedly in 2003/04, where he made 48 appearances and won the Premier League’s Player of the Month in February 2004. Sadly, injury spoilt the elegant playmaker’s time.

He later played for Valencia and Corinthians until his retirement in 2010.

Jose Antonio Reyes

Jose Antonio Reyes
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The wonderfully talented Spaniard made an instant impression following his club-record €20m transfer from Sevilla in January 2004. His pace, footwork and finishing ability made him a special player.

And Reyes’ first six months were certainly memorable, with a double over Chelsea securing an FA Cup win and that vital equaliser against Portsmouth that maintained the Invincibles’ unbeaten run.

He left in 2006 as a Premier League and FA Cup winner to join Real Madrid on loan. He later played for Atletico Madrid, Benfica, Sevilla (again), Espanyol, Cordoba, Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard and Extremadura UD.

Unfortunately, Reyes lost his life in June 2019 aged 35 in a car accident in Seville.