Arsenal have been top of the table longer than The Invincibles were

Arsenal won the Premier League title a decade ago with the team nicknamed The Invincibles for going the entire 2003/04 season unbeaten in the league they were ultimately crowned champions of.

That season Arsene Wenger’s Gunners won 26 and drew 12 of their games without losing a single game. They finished on May 15th 2004 with 90 points; eleven points clear of Chelsea in 2nd.

That season Arsenal were top of the table for a run of 9 weeks in the first period of the season and then 8 weeks at the end period of the season with an intermittent week here and week there in between, alternating with Chelsea and Manchester United.

Between September 21st 2003 and November 22nd 2003 they held their position at the top (9 weeks) and between March 23rd 2004 and May 15th 2004 they held their position at the top (8 weeks) to be crowned champions. That is a total of 17 weeks between those two periods but those weeks were interrupted by weeks in 2nd and 3rd an so on. In the last decade 9 weeks is the longest Arsenal have gone at the top of the table. Until now…

This term Arsenal have been at the top of the Premier League table since September 22nd of this year which is 11 weeks to next week (they can’t lose their position by next week as they are four points clear of Chelsea in 2nd) which is not only a longer period of time in poll position than they have been in over the course of the last decade but it’s actually a longer continuous period than The Invincibles enjoyed the last time Arsenal won the title.

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