We look at Mikel Arteta's current crop vs Arsene Wenger's great team and try to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Let's get this out of the way first: Arsene Wenger's class of 2003/04 was probably the greatest team in the history of the Premier League. United's treble-winning side and Pep's Centurions are the only real competition in terms of individual class here.
So we are not harbouring any illusions as to who would win if Henry and Co faced Aubameyang and Co with both teams in their prime. Still, there are several interesting points about that clash. We'll get to them soon but first - the line-ups.
We had to make several 'see-saw' decisions here. Pablo Mari came in for Shkodran Mustafi as we see long-term potential in the Brazilian and think he is likelier to stay longer. Kieran Tierney took over from Bukayo Saka - we don't want to traumatise the youngster by squaring him against Freddie Ljungberg.
Dani Ceballos is paired with Granit Xhaka as Mik Arteta favours both over Lucas Torreira. Although we do think it's a bit too open a midfield. Finally, Auba is out left again because, well, it's what Arteta usually does in his left-sided system.
Starting XI: Leno, Bellerin, Luiz, Mari, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.
I think we all know this team by heart, Ray Parlour and Edu played more than you probably remember but not enough to displace Ljungberg or Gilberto Silva.
Without further ado: Lehmann, Lauren, Toure, Campbell, Cole, Gilberto, Vieira, Ljungberg, Pires, Bergkamp, Henry.
Tactical bits and pieces
As we said, let's just assume the Invincibles would run out comfortable winners. But we still wouldn't expect a thrashing and here's why.
- Arsenal lost only twice under Mikel Arteta. The gaffer made the team hard to beat, organized and cohesive without the ball.
- The Invincibles relied a lot on individual class (rightly so) and counter-attacks. We think Arteta would just surrender possession and see how much Bergkamp would be able to carve up two backs of four.
- The current Gunners still have speed on the counter. Remember how good Auba and Pepe looked at Anfield? We are sure they'd pose a threat against the Invincibles defence too.
- Whisper it, but the Invincibles had a makeshift back four. Kolo Toure was signed as a right-back and defensive mid, Lauren a central midfielder, Campbell joined on a free from Spurs and Cole was pressed into action after Sylvinho got injured.
- The current Arsenal would try exploiting the Invincibles right side of the defence - where Lauren and the slow-ish Toure operated. Guess who we have on the left? Correct, Aubameyang.
Again, we don't fool ourselves that Arteta would be able to get anything out of the game, but a respectable defeat by two goals wouldn't be entirely off the table. We'll go for a 3-1 to Arsene Wenger's men here.
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