By Martin Samuel - Sport for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:31 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 22:54 GMT, 1 March 2020
There has been considerable revisionism about Arsenal’s Invincibles. Too many draws, not enough points, apparently. Over time the achievement of Arsene Wenger’s 2003-04 team has been slowly diminished.
So events at Vicarage Road at least restored balance. It was a feat, unparalleled, since the days of bare-knuckle fighting and Vincent van Gogh. A team as great as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool could not pull it off.
They might win every match from here, record the greatest points total in English football history, but they couldn’t go a season without losing. Arsenal remain alone, in the modern era. That still means something. That should never be disparaged.
The achievement of Arsene Wenger's 2003-2004 Invincibles has been slowly diminished
It was Sir Alex Ferguson, naturally, who started it. ‘Too many draws,’ he would sneer. And, yes, there were quite a few. Arsenal drew 12 matches of 38, which was double the number of Manchester United in that campaign. But United lost nine times.
So it turns out drawing isn’t always that easy, or invincibility would be commonplace. And Arsenal won plenty, too. The second-best team that season were Chelsea — and Arsenal beat them home and away.