The Arsenal Invincibles: Where Are They Now?
October 07, 2015
Not since the latter stages of the 19th century had a top flight English football team remained unbeaten throughout the course of the season, but this is exactly what happened to the great Arsenal team of 2004. Christened as ‘The Invincibles’, this strong, quick, and immensely talented side swept all before them in the Premier League, winning the title by a landslide from closest rivals and defending champions Manchester United. If you fancy Wenger’s men winning the title for the first time since then then why not check out popular bookies like Betfair for the best odds?
While we are used to regularly seeing prominent members of this Arsenal side such as Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry, there are some who have faded from the conscience of English fans. So, here is a look at three stars of the Invincibles and how their lives have changed in the last decade…
Outspoken and a relentless competitor, Jens Lehmann was Arsenal’s goalkeeper during the 2003/2004 season. He left the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2008, before joining Stuttgart and retiring at the age of 40 in 2010. While he briefly came out of retirement while completing the practical elements of his coaching qualifications at Arsenal in 2011, he has focused on punditry and emerged as an outspoken commentator for Sky Deutschland in recent times. Now working alongside his old rival Oliver Kahn and ZDF TV, he is beginning to make Roy Keane seem cuddly in comparison!
Arsenal’s defensive rock in 2004, Sol Campbell always seemed thoughtful and reflective by modern footballer standards. Although he went on to enjoy FA Cup success with Portsmouth in 2006, his career faltered before he retired as Campbell enjoyed fluctuating stints with Notts County, Arsenal (again), and Newcastle United. Now neither a coach nor a pundit, he is indulging his serious persona and currently flirting with the idea of entering politics after campaigning against Labour’s proposed mansion tax during the recent election.
Jose Antonio Reyes
The only one of our players still performing at the top level, Jose Antonio Reyes enjoyed some fine and virtuoso performances during the Gunners’ unbeaten season. Signed as an incredibly fast and promising forward, he failed to convince despite flashes of brilliance and was ultimately sold to Atletico Madrid for £9 million after a season-long loan at city rivals Real. He has since joined Sevilla, where he has emerged as a cult favourite with fans without ever quite fulfilling his immense, early potential.