The Croatian side are unbeaten in 43 games and that should have counted for Arsenal.
Arsenal were defeated in their opening Champions League tie of the season last night in a fixture that they were expected to win. Arsenal were facing Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia last night in a game most expected them to win.
However, the more observant pundit announced the game as tricky – Dynamo were after all on a 42 game unbeaten streak, you can make that 43 now.
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown knows something about such a run. He was a part of the Arsenal Invincibles side of 2003-04, although he only featured 15 times in their unbeaten Premier League season.
Today, talking in his Tackle Keown feature in the Daily Mail, he compared Dinamo’s mind-set to that of the Invincibles and made it clear that Arsenal should have taken their opposition more seriously:
"It was a once-in-a-lifetime result for Zagreb but they are a good team. I’d watched them beforehand and thought this could be tricky. They were 42 games unbeaten and had conceded just four goals in the league this season.
"I was in this position with Arsenal - you feel energised by what you are achieving, and it becomes about the unbeaten record. There is an arrogance about you and you all feel like Superman."
Of course Arsene Wenger decided to rotate things for the game. The likes of Petr Cech, Nacho Monreal and Francis Coquelin were among those left out of the first-team for the game – Hector Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey were left at home.
Spin it anyway you like, but the fact is Arsenal were outdone by a team carrying more confidence than them and Arsenal did not take them seriously enough – despite their recent form.