Player, Arsenal, 1998-2007
Arsenal’s Invincibles, who so memorably strolled to the Premier League title by going unbeaten throughout the 2003/04 league season, continue to widely be considered the greatest team in the history of the Premier League. Managed by Arsène Wenger, perhaps the competition’s most influential coach, in Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, The Invincibles had a core capable of rivalling any. They were also as physically capable as they were technically gifted, and were driven to such an extent that their impeccable standards were maintained to ensure that they remained unbeaten even after they had been crowned champions.
Freddie Ljungberg was one of the younger figures in a remarkable team that was completed by Jens Lehmann, Gilberto Silva, Lauren and Kolo Touré, and who, like so many of his decorated teammates, produced his finest performances during that era. It is also telling that all 11 players have moved into coaching – Ljungberg even doing so at Arsenal, who he gave his best years as a player. Speaking exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice, the retired Sweden international revisits that most unforgettable of teams, what it was that made them so irresistible, and even the extent to which they knew they were capable of unnerving their opposition. “Every player in this team was top three in the world, without a doubt.”