Gunners boss dreaming of another unbeaten season.
The ever-optimistic Arsene Wenger admits he has dreams of his team going unbeaten in the league again, just as they did in their famous 2003/04 title-winning season, the Guardian reports.
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The Frenchman guided the Gunners to the title that year without losing a single game in the Premier League, and although his team have not really come close to claiming another title since then, Wenger admits it is an ambition of his to repeat this incredible achievement.
An unbeaten league season in English football had only been done once prior to that campaign, with Preston finishing unbeaten in a 22-game season, and it would be truly miraculous to see something like that again anytime soon.
Still, Wenger is not giving up on this dream, saying: “It’s painful for me to look back, because I am always so much focused on thinking forwards. It was one of my dreams, to win the Championship without losing a game. And I want to do it again.”
Speaking to journalist Amy Lawrence for her new book remembering the ‘Invincibles’ season, Wenger added that it was a real challenge to motivate his players to stay unbeaten after they had already wrapped up the title with a 2-2 draw at rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
In a unique situation, Arsenal had the extra task of seeing out the final few games of the season without defeat, even though they had already claimed the trophy.
“It was one of the hardest challenges,” he said. “Most of the time when you are champions the concentration goes, everybody relaxes, and you lose the next game. As simple as that.
“I was more stressed in those games after winning the league. Even the final game against Leicester we were down at half-time. I told them: ‘Look we have won the championship, now I want you to become immortal.'”