ARSENE WENGER has sensationally revealed he challenged Arsenal to go the full season unbeaten BEFORE the famous 2003-04 Invincibles campaign.
Wenger led his side to the title that year without a single defeat – winning 26 and drawing 12 of their 38 Premier League matches.
The Gunners remain the only side to go a full top-flight season unbeaten in England since Preston in 1888-89.
But in the trailer for a new documentary, Arsene Wenger: Invincible, the 71-year-old made the huge admission.
He said: "I set them the target of winning the championship without losing a game."
Wenger told reporters in September 2002 he believed a full season with zero losses was plausible.
He commented: "It's not impossible to go through the season unbeaten and I can't see why it's shocking to say that.
"Every manager thinks that but they don't say it because they're scared it would be ridiculous. It's not healthy to be negative."
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Speaking in the trailer for the new release, Wenger added his father's constant demand for improvement was a major driving force of motivation.
The Frenchman opened up: "He never told me 'well done', he said 'you can do better.'"
The Amazon Prime Video film also features contributions from many of Wenger's players in that memorable season.
Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires are all part of the programme.
But it is a confession from Sir Alex Ferguson that is arguably the most complimentary.
The Scot won 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues, an unprecedented Treble and so much more during his 26 years in charge of Manchester United.
However, Fergie has already put his rivalry with Wenger behind them and admitted the unbeaten season is the greatest achievement in football.
He said in the two-minute teaser: “The achievements stand above everything else.”
Wenger left Arsenal in 2018 after 22 years in charge, during which time he won three league titles, a record seven FA Cups and played a pivotal role in the club’s move from Highbury to the Emirates.
Asked for his lifelong relationship with football, Le Professor claims he has the 'addiction gene' but 'this desire of hating to lose makes you sometimes inhuman'.
Wenger added: “You want to discover something more. What football can give you. You transform it into art.”
The documentary does not shy away from recalling the final days of his tenure in North London.
In that last season, there was a toxic atmosphere surrounding the club with many Gunners fans protesting and calling for a change.
Wenger lamented: “You realise that the end of something it’s like a funeral.”
- The Arsene Wenger: Invincible film from Amazon Prime Video comes to cinemas on November 11 and then Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on November 22.
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