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ARSENAL IN 2004: Year of the all-conquering Invincibles - and The Emirates

PUBLISHED: 15:09 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:40 07 September 2010

The noughties has been one of the most significant decades in Arsenal s history. It ushered in a new home, it saw the Invincibles conquer all, and it brought Arsenal their first ever Champions League final. Jem Maidment looks back on an eventful ten years

The noughties has been one of the most significant decades in Arsenal's history. It ushered in a new home, it saw the Invincibles conquer all, and it brought Arsenal their first ever Champions League final.

Jem Maidment looks back on an eventful ten years.

2004:

Construction of the new £390m stadium development at Ashburton Grove got underway in February.

In the league, Arsene Wenger's side were dubbed the 'Invincibles' after becoming the first team since 1889 to remain unbeaten in an entire season as they swept to the title.

A proud Wenger said: "To remain unbeaten in a championship like the English championship is really unbelievable. I want to win the Champions' League but, really, this is more important. It is amazing, something special."

The unbeaten run would stretch to 49 - beating Nottingham Forest's 42-match record - before a 2-0 loss at Man Utd in October, their first defeat for 542 days.

In the Champions League quarter finals, Chelsea shocked the Gunners with a 2-1 Highbury win to go through 3-2 on aggregate.

A distraught Jens Lehmann croaked: "It will take me a long time until I can express this defeat in the right words."

After 449 appearances Martin Keown, 37, said goodbye to the club as Arsenal beat an England XI 6-0 in his testimonial.


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