A baseless attack on Arsenal Football Club

A newspaper has claimed England's current side are better than Arsenal's Invincibles.

A quite staggering article has appeared in The Mail, claiming Roy Hodgson's England side are better than Arsenal's 2003/04 Invincibles.

Written by Talksport host Adrian Durham, the article claims England are more entertaining than Arsenal's side were, a perhaps ludicrous and baseless attack on the Gunners' biggest achievement.

First of all his comparison with the two is misguided: "We’ve heard a mind-blowing amount about the Arsenal Invincibles in the past 11 years and I can only assume the same amount of praise and adoration will be bestowed on Roy Hodgson and his England men."

He goes onto label Arsenal 'cheaters', and claimed the team ground out 'bore draws'. 

While surely designed for no other reason other than to rile up Arsenal fans, and a little tongue-in-cheek, it should not be left unanswered without a rebuttal.

First of all the insinuation England are entertaining is a kneejerk reaction to the second 45 minutes against Slovenia, after arguably the dullest international friendly of all time against Ireland.

A key point of Durham's article is that England have won 100 per cent of their qualifying games for Euro 2016, unlike Arsenal's unbeaten Premier League campaign - ignoring the fact the Three Lions played six matches in a competition yet to be concluded, while Arsenal played 38, winning 26, and drawing 12. 

Then there is the standard of competition; Arsenal had to face a Manchester United side boasting Paul Scholes and Ruud van Nistelrooy, and a Chelsea team which reached the semi-finals of the Champions League that season.

England meanwhile have faced Lithuania, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, and San Marino. 

A look at the standard of players tells it's own story. England have Chris Smalling at centre-back while Arsenal boasted Sol Campbell. England have Jordan Henderson while Arsenal had Patrick Vieira. And sorry Manchester United fans, but Wayne Rooney is no Thierry Henry.

We know it's silly season, but there's no reason to take it quite to the level Durham has...

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