Unbeaten Wenger bursting with pride

Last updated : 16 May 2004 By Chris Parry
He said:

"My dream was always to play a whole season unbeaten and to achieve it is something really special. I don't think many other managers can say that in a top league. We were invincible this season in the league.

"I still have problems realising that we've done it. But now it's over, I'm very happy and proud of the players. I think they are also now starting to realise what they have done."

"It was an aspiration rather than an expectation though. We weren't far away in 2002 as we were unbeaten away from home but lost three times at home."

"It would have been hard to swallow to have lost today. The signs were there before half-time as we looked like we had heavy legs, lacked concentration and weren't sharp," he admitted.

"But it was the resolve of the dressing room that got us going at half-time. We said it was important not to panic and we refused to lose.

"When you're champions, you lose your edge because you feel relief. I think that's why it's never been done before as you ease off a bit but everyone still wants to beat you as you become a trophy for them.

"We could have lost our first game against Everton as we were down to 10 men after 20 minutes! So to be still unbeaten nine months later is almost beyond belief."