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The Invincibles

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The greatest Premier League team ever? The north Londoners may be currently experiencing a title drought but their crowning achievement is unmatched.

 

What are the Invincibles?

e Invincibles is the name given to the Arsenal team which won the 2003-04 Premier League. The reason for the nickname is that they went unbeaten in their 38 league matches. They won 26 games and drew 12.

Arsenal usually lined up in a 4-4-2 formation, though it could also be labelled a 4-2-3-1 due to the way Dennis Bergkamp dropped into the ‘No.10’ position between midfield and attack.

The team is mostly remembered for its attacking genius. Thierry Henry was at the peak of his powers and finished second in the Ballon d’Or voting in 2003 and fourth in 2004, and while Bergkamp was nearing the end of his career he had not lost his brilliant movement or vision.

Left winger Robert Pires provided a secondary source of goals, netting 14 in the league, while Patrick Vieira was both the heart and brain of the team from central midfield. On the right, Freddie Ljungberg was a ferocious box-to-box player who raised his game for the big occasion.

What is not mentioned as often – particularly when comparing the Invincibles to today’s Arsenal team – was that the Gunners were also outstanding defensively, conceding just 26 goals. Sol Campbell and Kolo Toure were a brilliant mix of athleticism and intelligence at centre-back, Jens Lehmann brought international class in goal and Ashley Cole and Lauren were a dynamic full-back pairing.

It was not just the quality of the personnel, however, but also the way they set up. Arsenal were more like Atletico Madrid than Barcelona, with both Gilberto Silva and Vieira tasked with shielding the defence and Cole and Lauren not allowing their desire to attack and overlap compromise their duties in their own half. Pires and Ljungberg did not hang around high up the field but were expected to track back and turn the ball over.

That commitment to defending made Arsenal an even better team going forward than their talent alone would suggest, because they were able to absorb pressure in their own half before launching lethal counter-attacks led by Henry.

Who was manager of the Invincibles?

Arsene Wenger was the manager of Arsenal during their ‘Invincibles’ season in 2003-04.

After the victory over Leicester City that completed Arsenal’s unbeaten season, the Guardian writer Kevin Mitchell labelled Wenger the most astute manager in the Premier League, and “probably all of football at the moment”.

Wenger had not only revolutionised Arsenal but the entire division, introducing new training, fitness and dieting regimes that forced managers across the country to follow suit and demand greater professionalism and discipline from their players. Gone were the days of victories being celebrated with fatty food and several pints of beer.

The Frenchman’s record of identifying players no one had heard of and moulding them into full internationals was also unmatched at that time. Toure was signed for £150,000 from an Ivorian club and converted from midfield and full-back into a central defender, while Ljungberg cost £3 million from Halmstads in Sweden.

Perhaps the most flattering compliment you can pay Wenger is that he was Sir Alex Ferguson’s first true equal.

His star fell since then and he bowed out on a low in 2018 leaving Arsenal in sixth place, but in his first decade in north London he was a brilliant combination of tactical nous and ruthlessness, assembling teams that played scintillating football and were not intimidated by anyone.

Who were the key players of the Invincibles?

Thierry Henry can lay legitimate claim to being the greatest player of the Premier League era. He is not the only star in the conversation and some may argue that Alan Shearer and Ryan Giggs did it for longer, but only Cristiano Ronaldo has hit the heights of Arsenal’s No.14 at his peak.

The Frenchman has been voted the Gunners’ greatest ever, anyway, and netted a career-best 30 league goals during the unbeaten campaign. Quite simply, everything Henry did was fast; whether it be running, shooting or passing, it was as if he could do and see things twice as quickly as everyone else around him.

As was the case with about half of Arsenal’s starting XI, Henry arrived at Arsenal with a much lesser profile than that which he left them with and had struggled on the left wing during a solitary season at Juventus. Wenger, who had coached him previously at Monaco, paid £11m to cut his stay in Italy short and made him a centre forward.

His partnership with Bergkamp was the perfect blend of speed, skill and intelligence. With the Dutchman’s tendency to drop into the hole and Henry’s fondness of pulling out on to the left flank, they were brilliant at finding space and left opposition centre-backs wondering whether to follow them and be dragged around the pitch or leave them unattended.

What results did the Invincibles achieve?

DateMatchScorers
Aug 16, 03Arsenal 2-1 EvertonCampbell, Pires
Aug 24, 03Middlesbrough 0-4 ArsenalHenry, Gilberto, Wiltord (2)
Aug 27, 03Arsenal 2-0 Aston VillaCampbell, Henry
Aug 31, 03Man City 1-2 ArsenalWiltord, Ljunberg
Sep 13, 03Arsenal 1-1 PortsmouthHenry
Sep 21, 03Man Utd 0-0 ArsenalNone
Sep 26, 03Arsenal 3-2 Newcastle UtdHenry (2), Gilberto
Oct 4, 03Liverpool 1-2 ArsenalHyypia (og), Pires
Oct 18, 03Arsenal 2-1 ChelseaEdu, Henry
Oct 26, 03Charlton Athletic 1-1 ArsenalHenry
Nov 1, 03Leeds Utd 1-4 ArsenalHenry (2), Pires, Gilberto
Nov 8, 03Arsenal 2-1 TottenhamPires, Ljungberg
Nov 22, 03Birmingham City 0-3 ArsenalLjungberg, Bergkamp, Pires
Nov 30, 03Arsenal 0-0 FulhamNone
Dec 6, 03Leicester 1-1 ArsenalGilberto
Dec 14, 03Arsenal 1-0 Blackburn RoversBergkamp
Dec 20, 03Bolton Wanderers 1-1 ArsenalPires
Dec 26, 03Arsenal 3-0 WolvesCraddock (og), Henry (2)
Dec 29, 03Southampton 0-1 ArsenalPires
Jan 7, 04Everton 1-1 ArsenalKanu
Jan 10, 04Arsenal 4-1 MiddlesbroughHenry, Queudrue (og), Pires, Ljungberg
Jan 18, 04Aston Villa 0-2 ArsenalHenry (2)
Feb 1, 04Arsenal 2-1 Man CityTarnat (og), Henry
Feb 7, 04Wolves 1-3 ArsenalBergkamp, Henry, Toure
Feb 10, 04Arsenal 2-0 SouthamptonHenry (2)
Feb 21, 04Chelsea 1-2 ArsenalVieira, Edu
Feb 28, 04Arsenal 2-1 Charlton AthleticPires, Henry
Mar 13, 04Blackburn Rovers 0-2 ArsenalHenry, Pires
Mar 20, 04Arsenal 2-1 Bolton WanderersHenry, Pires
Mar 28, 04Arsenal 1-1 Man UtdHenry
Apr 9, 04Arsenal 4-2 LiverpoolHenry (3), Pires
Apr 11, 04Newcastle Utd 0-0 ArsenalNone
Apr 16, 04Arsenal 5-0 Leeds UtdPires, Henry (4)
Apr 25, 04Totteham 2-2 ArsenalVieira, Pires
May 1, 04Arsenal 0-0 BirminghamNone
May 4, 04Portsmouth 1-1 ArsenalReyes
May 9, 04Fulham 0-1 ArsenalReyes
May 15, 04Arsenal 2-1 LeicesterHenry, Vieira

What did the Premier League table look like for the Invincibles?

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Arsenal38261207326+4790
2Chelsea3824776730+3779
3Manchester United3823696435+2975
4Liverpool381612105537+1860
5Newcastle Utd38131785240+1256
6Aston Villa381511124844+456
7Charlton Athletic381411135151053
8Bolton Wanderers381411134856-853
9Fulham381410145246+652
10Birmingham City381214124348-550
11Middlesbrough38139164452-848
12Southampton381211154445-147
13Portsmouth38129174754-745
14Tottenham38136194757-1045
15Blackburn Rovers38128185159-844
16Manchester City38914155554+141
17Everton38912174557-1239
18Leicester City38615174865-1733
19Leeds Utd3889214079-3933
20Wolves38712193877-3933

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The Success Story of Emile Smith Rowe (Biography, Parents, Net worth…)

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Arsenal Times bring The Success Story of Emile Smith Rowe, biography, parents, net worth, and football qualities of a boy from South London who won Arsenal fans’ hearts across the world.

Emile Smith Rowe originates from Thornton Heath in the south London borough of Croydon.

His father is Leslie Rowe, once a semi-professional football player, and his mother is Fiona Rowe.
He relocated to north London with his parents and brother when he was signed by Arsenal in 2010.

Emile Smith Rowe Parents | Arsenal Times

Emile Smith Rowe parents | Arsenal Times

Smith Rowe is known for his creativity and technical quality, with an eye for goal. Filled with energy and work rate, and come alive on the ball.

He does not look quick but he is and it is with the ball which is brilliant,
naturally glides across the ground and he takes the ball in his stride,
he has good vision and a good understanding of the game.

He is compared to Kevin De Bruyne, from whom he took the nickname ‘Croydon De Bruyne’.

Creativity, energy, cleverness, and work rate represents Emile Smith Rowe | Arsenal Times

Creativity, energy, cleverness, and work rate represents Emile Smith Rowe | Arsenal Times

Arsenal story of Smith Rowe

Smith Rowe joined Arsenal’s Hale End Academy in 2010 at the age of ten.
Aged 17, he joined the senior team for their pre-season tour of Singapore in July 2018.

Smith Rowe signed a new long-term professional contract with Arsenal on 31 July 2018,
when he was described by head coach Unai Emery as having “lots of potential”.
The length of the contract was not disclosed by Arsenal, but it was reported to be a five-year deal.

Emile Smith Rowe made his Arsenal first-team competitive debut on 20 September 2018 against Vorskla Poltava in the UEFA Europa League, coming on as a second-half substitute for Alex Iwobi. His appearance was the first Arsenal professional debut by a player born in the 2000s. 

Emile Smith Rowe as a junior | Arsenal Times

Emile Smith Rowe as a junior | Arsenal Times

Loan at RB Leipzig (2019-20)

On 31 January 2019, he joined RB Leipzig on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.
After signing the loan deal RB Leipzig discovered Smith Rowe was not fully recovered from a groin injury.

Due to his injury issue, he has only played a total of 28 minutes in three substitute appearances during his time at RB Leipzig.

Injuries stopped Smith Rowe to shine with RB Leipzig | Arsenal Times

Injuries stopped Smith Rowe to shine with RB Leipzig | Arsenal Times

Loan at Huddersfield Town (2020)

On 10 January 2020, Smith Rowe joined EFL Championship side Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the 2019–20 season.

Smith Rowe’s performance at Huddersfield Town caught the eye of many.
In particular, in his final home appearance for the club, he scored the winning goal at the 86th minute against West Brom that would eventually help Huddersfield Town to secure EFL Championship safety.

Emile Smith Rowe participated in Huddersfield Town to secure EFL Championship safety | Arsenal Times

Emile Smith Rowe participated in Huddersfield Town to secure EFL Championship safety | Arsenal Times

First team breakthrough at Arsenal (2020-21)

Following his return to Arsenal in 2020, Smith Rowe struggled with injuries before returning to fitness in the autumn. Although he performed well in Arsenal’s Europa League group fixtures, scoring or assisting in each of his matches, he did not start any of Arsenal’s matches in the Premier League in October or November. Following Arsenal’s worst league start in decades, manager Mikel Arteta entrusted Smith Rowe with the number 10 role, replacing Willian Borges, on Boxing Day against Chelsea, helping to inspire a 3–1 home win to end the club’s poor run of form.

Story of Emile Smith Rowe before Chelsea clash

Smith Rowe: “I had a knock on my hotel room door on the day of the game. And it was one of the coaches telling me the manager would like to speak to you downstairs. I was thinking, am I in trouble, have I done something wrong. I went down and he [Arteta] was sat down in a chair and he’s basically looking at me saying I’ve got good news for you, you’re starting tonight against Chelsea.”
“He had the tactics board in front of him and showed me where I was playing and what I should do. He gave me so much confidence.”
Emile Smith Rowe in the ball battle with N'Golo Kante | Arsenal Times

Emile Smith Rowe in the ball battle with N’Golo Kante | Arsenal Times

In his next 5 games, Emile Smith-Rowe recorded 3 assists and scored a goal in a FA Cup 2-0 win against Newcastle United.

Emile Smith Rowe Salary

Currently, the 20-year-old net worth is around £700,000 (2020), Emile Smith Rowe net worth is likely to grow as a mega-deal from Arsenal is on the sight.

Emile Smith Rowe net worth is around £700,000 | Arsenal Times

Emile Smith Rowe net worth is around £700,000 | Arsenal Times

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Martinelli about to start, Partey still not ready, Mikel…

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Martinelli and David Luiz

Arsenal will face Rapid Wien tonight, and fans can’t wait for Gabi to start, even though it’s not official…

Martinelli is back in full training and is expected to play for a game with the club’s U23, while Thomas Partey is still unavailable to play..

Mikel Arteta gave us some injury updates on players which are expected to start any time soon..

Arteta on Gabriel Martinelli

“Martinelli is a guy who gives it all he can,
you see him training and everything he brings to the team ,his energy, his passion, his motivation..

Gabi’s pressing brings something different to the team and we need players like him.- continued the Spaniard.

“He tries and goes and goes again and he wants to score a goal.”

He’s ruthless in training in every single action,
at the end that gets translated to what happens on the football pitch and over time you will be stable.
Mikel Arteta said that Martinelli  still needs time.
Patience, but he’s a positive guy to have back on the team because he’s such a character.
Martinelli has passion for his team, you can see that!

Arteta on Thomas Partey.

He’s been training separately in the last week or so and Arsenal  have to scan him again to see how he’s feeling.
“Partey is a player that is so willing, that is pushing us every day and he wants to do it.”

The boss said that first they have to make sure that when he gets back in the team,he is ready to do that
and to whatever extent of minutes we can use him.

So it’s going to be crucial with the moment he starts to train with the team to see how he is feeling and how he is evolving day-to-day.
That means Thomas could be out longer than we expected..
Arteta even said that Partey is so excited to be a part of the team, he can’t wait to play against Tottenham.
Fans must be happy with those words..

on Calum Chambers and his possibility to return for the first team..

“He’s evolving really well. “
He’s played some minutes with the under-23s in recent weeks…
It’s been a long injury and we know that injuries like that take a long time to get your body, although Chamber seems to feel good after all.
But Mikel said that that now he’s very close to returning to play…

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Breaking! Arsenal furious about Aubameyang!!

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What happened with Arsenal’s captain while being away?

Arsenal’s players had been called up for international duty as the international break came through , and Aubameyang was one of them.

As you let a player go, you expect them to feel comfortable and chilled while being away from the club.
Well, the Gabonese team didn’t afford to do that to their captain…

The national team flew to Gambia in preparation for their African Cup of Nations qualifier.

But, the team were forced to stay overnight in Banjul airport,
while authorities withheld both their passports and coronavirus test results.

The delay had already begun before Aubameyang’s first post at 11.30pm.

After further  images of teammates sleeping on the airport floor,
Gabon were finally on the bus to their hotel at 5.56am, less than 12 hours before kick-off.

 

Aubameyang’s instagram story that night..

Aubameyang captured everything that happened as he was waiting in the airport with his teammates
and  then stated he was more than  motivated for their upcoming  game.

What did Aubameyang make of that game

Aubameyang’s Gabon side are still in with a chance of reaching the final tournament,

But the Gunners have been more than sure  but to forbid the striker from representing his country ever again.

Unfortunately for Aubameyang after being so positive about the match ,
he failed to score as Gabon lost 2-1 to the home side.
His international representing team is currently in Group D with seven points .
The captain  said that he was more than proud  about the teams performance even if they lost , it didn’t matter.

 

Arsenal on Aubameyang

The club called Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and they had a pretty intense conversation between.

After seeing him in those conditions, it’s over,” Gabon boss Patrice Neveu, told Canal Plus.

They won’t let him come again, and it will be the same for players from other clubs. It’s understandable.

They are high level players and when they come on international duty, they need to have a minimum of comfort.”

Even the boss itself accepted that the lockdown in the airport was not necessary and he feels bad about it.

It seems that the club is able to prevent Aubameyang to play for his national team at the tournament, but it still remains with no final decision.

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