Martin Keown says Jose Reyes' role in Arsenal's famous triumph is too easily forgotten.
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has responded to Theo Walcott's claim that this Arsenal attack can be the best since he arrived at the club.
Walcott signed for Arsenal in 2006, when Thierry Henry, and told Arsenal's website: "When I came, it was Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg, Bergkamp, Thierry and Jose Antonio Reyes - that's some attacking force as well. When we go and achieve a little bit more than winning the FA Cup, then I think we can stand up and say this is the best attacking line up we've ever had."
Inspired by the form of Alexis Sanchez, Walcott is clearly savouring the prospect of working in unison with the Chilean, Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, if Arsene Wenger can find a way to work them into the same side.
Keown did not reference the 2006 team, which were not operating at the same level as they were in 2003/04, instead arguing that the Invincible team of that season was in his opinion the best combination of talent the club have had in any era.
He went on to point out that Spanish star Jose Reyes' role in the triumph was and still is especially under-appreciated.
He told The Mail: "You want to have that respect for your team-mates, but I find it difficult to believe that there is a better group than the Arsenal attack I was involved with.
"Even the supposed weakest player in that time – Jose Antonio Reyes – was a real talent. Part of the problem was that he was severely homesick but he was smashing to work with, was rapid and had a lethal left foot. I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves."
Reyes signed midway through the season, and did not have the prolific impact Arsene Wenger will have hoped, but he proved an invaluable contributor.
He scored five goals in 21 game in total, two of which came in the Premier League. Every striker counted, and Keown is right that his efforts should not be diminished.
One of the problems recalling Reyes' role in that season, was that he never really kicked on, and his overall spell at Arsenal is seen as one where he failed to live up to expectation.
Reyes is now playing at the club he signed from, Sevilla, and is 31-years-old.