Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that it was satisfying to see Liverpool’s hopes of going the entirety of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign unbeaten blow up in their faces.
The runaway Premier League leaders, who will be desperate to be given the green light to continue their surge towards their first league title in 30 years in the coming weeks, looked on course to match Arsenal’s achievement of going a full Premier League campaign without a single defeat.
The Reds had gone their first 27 Premier League games of the season unbeaten, winning 26 of them.
But against all of the odds, a trip to relegation-threatened Watford saw Jurgen Klopp’s side’s unbeaten run come to an end, as a second half surge from the Hornets left Liverpool left to think about what could have been.
Liverpool’s defeat to the Hornets, of course, meant Arsenal remained the only club in Premier League history to go a full league campaign unbeaten, with Wenger’s stars of the 2003/04 campaign cementing themselves in history.
That season, which saw the class of 2003/04 become known as ‘The Invincibles,’ the Gunners won 26 of their 38 league matches, as they scooped the title in memorable fashion.
Relieved to have seen Arsenal’s proud record remain in tact for yet another year, former Gunners boss Wenger told beIN Sports: “Yes, it was a form of satisfaction [to see Liverpool lose the chance to go unbeaten].
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“We always like to be the only ones to achieve something. They (Liverpool) could really go all the way. But it shows that it’s difficult to repeat this feat. Anyway, that day, I had a lot of messages from Arsenal supporters.”
Meanwhile, Wenger has also suggested that he will never return to the Emirates Stadium to watch his former club, who was in charge of for 22 years, in action.
The Frenchman added: “Would I return to the Emirates Stadium? I always said to myself that I would be leaving Arsenal completely. That’s the decision I made.”