Emmanuel Petit’s comments comparing the Arsenal class of 2003-04 and this season’s Liverpool side have prompted numerous Reds fans to mock their Gunners counterparts.
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,” Petit 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.”
Some Liverpool fans have poked fun at their Arsenal counterparts after one of their own declared the Reds better than the Invincibles – here is just some of the social media reaction:
loooool even their own players are admitting
— GDon ☬ (@FabinhoIic) March 25, 2020
LOOOOOOOOL ARSENAL FANS ARE SO RATTLED
— ? (@VirgilVanBrick) March 25, 2020
They can argue with their own legend now.
— Juice (@LFCjus_) March 25, 2020
Angry Arsenal fans incoming
— Ice Bear Lover (@icebearlfc) March 25, 2020
We knew that anyway.
— Simon John ??????? (@LoveSimon88) March 25, 2020
Obviously, we’re European champions.
— Mike (@84Mikelfc) March 25, 2020
Ahhhh. We did tell you. pic.twitter.com/1Cq548yVHI
— George ? (@SeventySixRole) March 25, 2020