Wednesday 15 May 2013

On this day: Arsenal go whole season unbeaten

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the 'Invincibles' of 2003/04

  • Former Arsenal forward Paul Dickov stunned Highbury by scoring for Leicester

  • Thierry Henry restored parity for Arsenal from the penalty spot

  • Patrick Vieira rounded goalkeeper Ian Walker to score the winning goal

  • Arsenal celebrated as the first unbeaten champions of the Barclays Premier League

  • It was a dream come true for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 15 May 2004 - Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City

Arsenal became the first side in more than 100 years to go through a league season unbeaten after beating Leicester City 2-1 at Highbury.

For the Barclays Premier League champions, emulating the feat achieved by Preston North End in 1888/89 was not done simply as former Arsenal forward Paul Dickov headed Leicester in front after 25 minutes.

A penalty from Thierry Henry a minute after half-time calmed home nerves and Patrick Vieira’s goal on 66 minutes guaranteed a winning finish to an invincible season.

"As long as you believe, then it is possible,” said manager Arsene Wenger after the match. “It's a fantastic moment. I always had that dream and to fulfil it is marvellous.

"I think this is the best title win because we have always been at the top and to lead from the front is difficult and not to lose a game is amazing. These players want to get better and I'm confident they want more."   

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember Arsenal going the whole season unbeaten in 2003/04