Emmanuel Petit’s comments comparing the Arsenal class of 2003-04 and this season’s Liverpool side have prompted criticism by a number of Gunners fans.
Under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger, the Gunners became the first English side to go a full 38-game top-flight season unbeaten, and just the second after Preston North End’s class of 1888-89.
Plenty of vintage sides have come and gone since Arsenal’s Invincibles, and this season, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been simply sensational in the Premier League.
The Reds have won all but two of their 29 league games this term – drawing one and losing one – to put them a gargantuan 25 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City.
Petit, who played 116 times for Arsenal, lifting the Premier League title and the FA Cup in 1998, has controversially claimed that Klopp’s team is more impressive than Wenger’s Invincibles.
“I have huge respect for my old teammates, but when I look at Liverpool, and what they have been doing for the past two years,” the 49-year-old told The Mirror.
“People are looking at them now because last year they won a European trophy, but really they have been like this for the past two or three years.
“It’s amazing what they are doing – it is rare to see a team winning so many games and being so dominant against their opponents all the time.
“They were both great teams in history, but for me this Liverpool team have something special. It is hard to explain what I feel when I look at Liverpool, but I don’t remember thinking the same way when I was looking at the ‘Invincibles.’
“They have impressed me more than Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles.’ I am pretty sure Arsenal fans won’t be happy with that. But I have to be honest. When I look at this team, the motivation, the intensity, so many talented players. Something is different with them.”
Petit’s comments didn’t go down well with many Gunners fans, who took to social media to lambast their former player:
Granit Xhaka has a greater Arsenal legacy than Emmanuel Petit btw we don’t claim that guy https://t.co/qEhXO0zn78
— ً (@afcprimmm) March 25, 2020
Of course Emmanuel Petit thinks so, people who can’t get into the party always hating from outside the gate. 😅 https://t.co/FQhazq09FN
— local man (@papuccino18) March 25, 2020
Football is dead at the moment, so Sky Sports has decided to do the comparison between Arsenal’s Invincibles & Liverpool’s current season again…
… and guess which former Arsenal player said Liverpool are much more impressive ? Yes I am not surprised, it’s Emmanuel Petit. 😴
— Claude Wu ™ (@claudewuAFC) March 25, 2020
The invincibles actually won the league, and didnt lose a game. Dont be blinded by liverpool winning a few games in a poor quality PL season.
— James Taylor (@JimmyT83) March 25, 2020
Petit isn’t an Arsenal legend. Don’t get gassed.
— RIP Pop Smoke 🕊 (@AFCEddie) March 25, 2020
Petit wasn’t an invincible. There’s a 98% chance he’s just jealous
— Patrick (@patrickuyoro) March 25, 2020
Love petit but hes clearly salty that he wasnt part of the invincibles 😂
— Finn (follow limit)💧 (@SalibaSquad) March 25, 2020