REMEMBERING THE INVINCIBLES: 16 After

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The Invincibles

On This Day In 2004, Arsenal won their 13th league title(with four games to spare) thanks to a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Keane were all on target for the home side while Patrick Vieira and Robert Pires scored for the Gunners. This was the second time the Gunners had won the league at the home of their city rivals (also 1970-71).

Arsenal ended the season without a single defeat(a record of 26 wins and 12 draws), the first team ever to do so in a 38-game league season and the second team overall (the first was Preston North End in 1889, 115 years earlier, during a 22-game league season). Arsenal’s top goalscorer for the third year running was Thierry Henry, who scored 39 goals in 51 games.

Although the Arsenal team were unsuccessful in cup competitions, their dominance in the league was regarded by many commentators as a standalone achievement. They acquired the nickname “The Invincibles”, much like the Preston North End team that went unbeaten in the inaugural Football League season. The Gunners have failed to win a Premier League title since then.

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