Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger believes his defence during the “invisibles” era completely gets overlooked as one of the best defences in the EPL.
Arsenal’s back four of Lauren, Kolo Toure, Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole formed an outstanding defensive partnership that saw the Gunners go unbeaten throughout the 2003/2004 season, enroute to Wenger’s 3rd Premier League title.
Since then, the club had struggled to assemble another defence capable of matching that of the invisibles era but all that seems to be changing, with the current back four of Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs now getting deserved praise and recognition in England and across Europe, following a string of consistent performances since March.
Although this pleases the Arsenal boss, he still has a soft spot for his immortal 03/04 defence.
“People always speak of the defence I inherited when I arrived here, it was an exceptional defence and a bit similar to now,” said Wenger. “Adams and Bould were similar and Keown was a bit different. On the flanks I had two real resilient, tough, intelligent English full backs.
“But after that people forget a lot about the defence that was unbeaten. They never speak about that and it’s unbelievable that that defence never gets any credit.
“It was Lauren, Kolo Toure, Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole. They were absolutely exceptional. They didn’t lose a game and yet no-one speaks about them.
“It was a more powerful centre than it is today because Kolo and Sol were absolutely both very pacy players with unbelievable physical power. When a striker went beyond any of them you knew they would come back and catch them up. They were less calculating but much more physical.
The 64 year old Frenchman would now be relying on his current back four to keep their third clean sheet in a row since September 2012, when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford after 2 shut-outs against high-flying duo, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.