Former Arsenal star admits Invincibles’ relief

Sol Campbell admits that he was relieved when Arsenal lost their 49-match unbeaten run against Manchester United.

Arsenal fans fondly remember the 2003-04 season. That was the last time the Gunners won the Premier League. It was also the campaign in which Arsene Wenger’s side went unbeaten for the entire duration in the league.

The North London’s famous 49-match unbeaten run in the English top flight started on May 7, 2003 when they hammered Southampton 6-1 at home. Five days later Arsenal beat Sunderland 4-0 away and began the 2003-04 season with a 2-1 victory home over Everton. They went the entire campaign without losing a single league fixture and won the title, finishing 11 points clear of their London rivals Chelsea, who ended up second.

Wenger’s side commenced the 2004-05 campaign on a winning note, getting the better of Everton 4-1 at Goodison Park. It appeared that Arsenal would be carrying on with their winning record, but they eventually went down 2-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford on October 24, 2004.

Sol Campbell was part of the Arsenal team that endured that defeat, but the former England international would later go on to admit that it came as a relief to him.

The 39-year-old former centre-back has now reiterated that feeling, but admits that it would have been better had they not lost that record run against their arch-rivals.

‘It was a shame that it had to end against Man United, but yeah, by then I was like, When will this finish?!’ he told FourFourFour with a laugh. ‘It just kept building up. It was a wonderful achievement, don’t get me wrong, but in the end it felt like a relief, like it was time to move on'.

Interestingly, the 2004-05 season was the last time that Arsenal actually won any major silverware. They clinched the FA Cup that year and have gone without any tasting trophy success since. How the Gunners would love to go on yet another 49-match unbeaten run in the Premier League!

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