In honour of Freddie Ljunberg, we take a look at three of the greatest Premier League sides.
Ljunberg was a key figure of the Invincibles of Arsenal, who became just the second team in English history to win a league season without losing a game - after Preston North End in the inaugural 1888/89 season.
Their record has never been matched since that 2003/04 year, and although there have been sides with a better defence, and those who have attacked with more flair, the Gunners did it with such consistency that has never been matched.
They are one of three teams who could realistically be considered the best to ever play in the Premier League, and we take a look at those three contenders.
Manchester United - 2007/08
A team who won both the Premier League and Champions League, they take precedent over their treble-winning compatriots of 1999 due to the style they did it in. Basically playing a 4-6-0 with three attacking players who sat deep, it was the season in which Cristiano Ronaldo truly came into his own - with 42 goals to his name. Almost every single player could stake a claim as one of the best in the world in their position, and this season represented a Premier League dominance that has since not been matched on the European stage.
Arsenal - 2003/04
The titular ‘Invinvibles’ that Ljunberg was part of, Arsene Wenger took his already good team and made them great with a complete rejuvenation of how to run a football club. He played a simple 4-4-2, but brought style and flair to a system that had become consistently stale in England’s culture. The defence may have been a slight weak point, but they worked as a fantastic unit to make up for any personal weakness, and with the genius of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp up front, they scored a great many goals - and many great goals.
Arguably the best team to ever grace the Premier League, Chelsea’s first Premier League winning side were bankrolled to brilliance by Roman Abramovich. Breaking out of their ‘glorious failures’ tag, they strolled the division, notching up a record number of wins - 29, which they matched a season later - and a record points tally of 95 - which has still not been matched. They were one game from matching Arsenal’s unbeaten record, but their loss to Manchester City proved how great the Gunners were the previous season.