GUNNERS YEARS: 42-game unbeaten run equals Cloughie's record

August 2004: Arsenal extend their unbeaten league run to 42 games – equalling Nottingham Forest s record set under Brian Clough in November 1978, after coming back from 1-3 down to beat Middlesbrough 5-3. On a day when we defended badly we compensated by being offensively

August 2004: Arsenal extend their unbeaten league run to 42 games - equalling Nottingham Forest's record set in November 1978, after coming back from 1-3 down to beat Middlesbrough 5-3.

"On a day when we defended badly we compensated by being offensively remarkable," said a relieved Arsene Wenger.

Meawnhile, new Spurs signing Michael Carrick admits Arsenal was his first choice when he opted to leave West Ham.

The �2m midfielder unwisely confesses: "If you get the chance to go to Arsenal, you go to Arsenal - it's as simple as that. I was disappointed they pulled out.