Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger names the greatest side he ever managed – Metro.co.uk

Arsene Wenger won the title on three occasions with Arsenal
Arsene Wenger won the title on three occasions with Arsenal (Picture: BeIN)

Arsene Wenger believes his title-winning 2003/2004 side was the greatest team he managed at Arsenal.

The Frenchman won three titles and seven FA Cups during his 22-year reign with the Gunners, which came to an end in 2018.

Wenger guided Arsenal to the title in his second season in 1998 before further championships in 2002 and 2004.

The 2004 team – of course – are now known as the ‘Invincibles’ for managing to go the whole campaign unbeaten and Wenger admits they were his greatest side.

Asked which title winning side was the best, Wenger replied: ‘You would say the Invincibles – it’s an easy question to answer.

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‘My dream was always to play a season without losing a game so I cannot go against that.

‘But as well I must say I inherited a team of men when I came to Arsenal – this was the team that won in 98.

‘Adams, Bould, Winterburn, Keown, Dixon that was the core of the team. It was branded Arsenal players who were ready to die for the club. You could go after the game in the fight in the corridors you would know they would not leave you alone – this was the type of players I had at the start.

‘They were ready to go to war with you, you could be in the trenches with them.

‘Afterwards the second generation of players who had as well exceptional charisma. We speak a lot about the first generation but the other defence of Lauren, Campbell, Toure and Ashley Cole were exceptional with Lehmann in goal- they were characters.

‘At the end of the day when you look back you feel when you get that right – the personalities – you are ready to go anywhere in the world. These teams had charisma.’

Wenger has continually stressed his desire to continue his management career since leaving Arsenal but he’s yet to accept an offer.

The 69-year-old has been linked with a role within FIFA and he confirmed last week that he was mulling over a job offer from the corporation.

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‘I just want to share what I’ve learnt and give it back to the game in a different way, ‘said Wenger.

‘I am not sure if I would stop coaching as well because the devil is still in there. But I have to see, ‘do I like it?’ And can I be efficient?’

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