- By Afafe
Arsenal's 2003-04 season was considered as the invincible, as the coach Arsene Wenger led his team to an unbeaten season, in their 38 league matches, to win their Premier League title, with a record of 26 wins, 12 draws, and 0 loss
However, the performance’s level of the Gunners has improved significantly this season, after they finished in the fifth place last year, they are now at the top of the Premier League table with 50 points, five points away from its nearest rival Manchester City. According to "Stats Foot", that it is for the first time in its history, Arsenal succeeds in gathering 50 points after only 19 games. If we compare these figures, we find that Arsenal this season is better than the club in 2003-2004 when they achieved the historic feat of winning the unbeaten league. Compared to last year, where he did not score any single goal in the first three games that ended in defeat, collecting only 35 points from 19 games with 11 wins, two draws and six losses.
After 18 games in the 2003-2004 season, Arsenal scored 45 points and missed 12 points, with 13 wins and six draws without any loss. While this season, in the same number of games, the team has scored 50 points and has wasted only seven points with 15 wins and two draws against one defeat.
The Gunners have failed to score so far in 2022-2023 in the league only once against Manchester United, while inthe 2003-2004 season, they have not scored twice against Man United and Fulham in a goalless draw in the first 19 rounds.
On the other hand, Arsenal's 2003-04 generation outperformed the current generation in the first 19 rounds at the defensive level, The team conceded 12 goals and came out with a clean sheet seven times out of the 19 meetings they played this season. At the time, theyt had a distinctive guard and defensive line, and they were characterized by a toughness and high fighting spirit and experience such as the German goalkeeper, Jens Lehmann, and defenders Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell, Kolo Touré, and Lauren.
Whereas the Spanish coach Michael Arteta's battalion have conceded 16 times in the same number of games this season, but managed to come out with a clean sheet in nine more matches
On the offensive side, Arteta was able to outscore his former French teacher and coach, Wenger, on the scoring side, with the Gunners scoring 45 goals in 19 games this season at an average of 2.36 goals per game. While in the same number of games the team scored only 35 goals at a rate of 1.84 per game
Will the Gunners hold out this season to win the Premier League after a 19-year absence?