Monday, 23 April 2018

Monday Night Football: Thierry Heny looks at Arsene Wenger's three title-winning sides

Arsene Wenger has won three Premier League titles during his spell as Arsenal manager - but how do they compare with each other?

The Frenchman announced last week that he is to leave the club after 22 years at the end of this season and he will be fondly remembered for the three Premier League trophies he delivered in 1998, 2002 and 2004.

Sky Sports expert Thierry Henry played in two of those sides and the Monday Night Football team looked at each of them this week.

Read on for some key stats, plus the views of Henry before voting for your favourite at the bottom of the page.

Arsenal 1997/98

Arsene Wenger and Tony Adams with the 1998 Premier League trophy

Points: 78

Home points: 47

Away points: 31

Wins: 23

Draws: 9

Defeats: 6

Goals: 68

Conceded: 33

Clean sheets: 19

1-0 wins: 19

Points gap to second: 1

Thierry Henry's view: People always mention power, pace and being strong but what he had is the old-guard back five and Ray Parlour and guys that knew how to win in that club. They had mentality and togetherness and he added a bit of flair with the players he brought in. He managed to have, for me, one of the best mixes that I've seen in the league at the time

Arsenal 2001/02

Arsene Wenger with Tony Adams after his side won the double in 2002

Points: 87

Home points: 40

Away points: 47

Wins: 26

Draws: 9

Defeats: 3

Goals: 79

Conceded: 36

Clean sheets: 14

1-0 wins: 3

Points gap to second: 7

Thierry Henry's view: Everyone knows about 2003/04, but in 01/02 we didn't lose a game away from home. So the last two times Arsene and Arsenal won the league we didn't lose away from home. At the end, Sylvain Wiltord was playing, Kanu was playing and Freddie Ljungberg was outstanding for us at the end of that year. Wiltord scored [the title-winning goal] at Man United and that's why we were a good team. The guys that were coming on were not subs, they were coming on to change the game.

Arsenal 2003/04

Arsene Wenger and Patrick Vieira with the Premier League trophy in 2004

Points: 90

Home points: 49

Away points: 41

Wins: 26

Draws: 12

Defeats: 0

Goals: 73

Conceded: 26

Clean sheets: 15

1-0 wins: 3

Points gap to second: 11

Thierry Henry's view (speaking in 2014):The key, for me, was our togetherness. That team was special for me because people always talk about 'the Arsenal way'. What I liked about that team was the unselfishness of everyone, everybody was willing to give the ball to the guy in the better position. The generosity of that team was outstanding and we always wanted to share with each other. That's something which is pretty rare.

Which was the best?

Vote in our poll to decide the best of Arsene Wenger's champion sides and have your say in the comments section below.


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