The Arsenal team that won the Premier League season in 2004 without a single defeat have quite rightly got a big and possibly never to be rivalled position in the history books. The recent release of the video celebrating their amazing achievement has brought them back into the limelight recently and I hope that every current Arsenal player has watched it at least once.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain certainly has and he has called on the Gunners team of today to take one big thing from it, namely BELIEF. A few of those former Gunners’ legends spoke about the way that team went into every game convinced they would win and even more determined that they would not be defeated and that would be a precious quality to add to Arsenal right now.
With a crucial FA cup vclash away to Man United just around the corner, the Ox knows that Arsenal are in for a tough task but he also knows that we have the quality to come away from Old Trafford with a result, but that would be much more likely if the Gunners could find some of that invincible attitude.
Chamberlain told Arsenal.com, “When we go there it’s a tough environment, The game we always speak about is the 8-2 but you can’t go into those games with any doubt or any fear.
“I was at the premiere of the Invincibles documentary the other day and was listening to legends like Martin Keown and Thierry Henry talking about how they had no fear going into those games.
“They had no doubt they were going to get the right result. That’s clearly the kind of attitude that you need to take into those big games.
“You have to believe in yourself, go there with no fear, be 100 per cent confident in yourself and go to get the result we are capable of getting.”
The problem is that the invincibles had that belief because they were so hard to beat and lost so few games. The current Arsenal team have the painful memories of some heavy defeats weighing on their minds or at least lurking in the back of them. So can Arsenal somehow summon up that spirit of a decade ago? We do have the same manager, but how about someone like Thierry Henry giving a pre match talk on Monday?