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Arsene Wenger names his greatest Arsenal team

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Arsene Wenger unsurprisingly rates Arsenal’s Invincibles side from the 2003/04 campaign as the best team he’s ever coached.

In a remarkable 22-year spell, Wenger arguably coached some of the greatest sides in English football history at Arsenal.

The most prominent of all, of course, was the legendary Invincibles in 2003/03. With the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira in the squad, Arsenal went the entire Premier League season unbeaten.

Not a single team in England has achieved this feat since despite the billions invested in clubs like Manchester City.

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

“My dream was always to play a season without losing a game so I cannot go against that.”

The 1997/98 double-winning squad, though, was a special one for Wenger given the strong defence.

The Frenchman was never really renown for building strong defensive teams. He instead favoured utilising a free-flowing and beautiful brand of attacking football in his time in London.

“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,” continued the now-Arsenal fan Wenger.

“[Tony] Adams, [Steve] Bould, [Nigel] Winterburn, [Martin] 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.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says goodbye to the Arsenal fans after 22 years at the helm at the end of the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on May 6, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)