Former Arsenal and England centre-back Sol Campbell was the defensive lynchpin in the record breaking ”Invincible” side that won the 2003/3004 Premier League title without losing a single game.
Manchester City had looked like they had a chance to match the famous Gunners team’s unbeaten record during this campaign, until they came unstuck with a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in January.
Despite this defeat at Anfield – which remains City’s only loss – there is little doubt that Pep Guardiola’s side have played some of the best football the Premier League has ever seen this season.
This has inevitably raised the question as to whether the ”Invincible,” team would beat the current league leaders.
Whilst Campbell does not go so far as to say that his team would definitely emerge victorious against Guardiola’s side, he does believe that Arsenal’s 2003/2004 vintage would not show City anywhere near the level of respect that other Premier League teams have shown them during this campaign.
The former England international believes that due to the Citizens excellent form this season, too many Premier League teams have gone into games against them fearing the worst and almost accepting defeat.
“Do I think our team from 2004 would have beaten them? We would not have been afraid of them, that’s for sure,”
“I’ve seen too many teams looking scared of City this season. That is one reason why they have won the league so easily.
“They are playing the possession game, the Barcelona way, but I think more teams need to go toe-to-toe with them when the time is right, and we haven’t see that too often this season.
“Liverpool broke the idea that they are invincible, and they also lost in the FA Cup at Wigan, so we have seen that they are beatable, but too many teams are going into games against City fearing them.”
“Teams should start reading the game better against City,”
“They are giving them too many options.
“I have seen Ederson given time to start attacks by kicking the ball 20 yards and then City are off, but teams need to cut down that space he is being given and cut off his avenues for making that pass, which they have not been doing. Teams have been making it easy for him.” Campbell told Planet Football.