Arsenal’s Invincibles squad were always fighting in training but this helped galvanise the team to achieve a whole season of going unbeaten.
That is according to Lauren, the former full-back who was part of the famous Gunners team who went the whole of the 2003-04 Premier League campaign without losing.
Arsene Wenger’s side played an irresistible brand of football, combining flair and pace with aggression and passion, with Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Sol Campbell forming the spine of the starting XI.
But despite being extremely pleasing on the eye, that team knew how to control a game and use their physicality at the right times
And Lauren claims that training was a similar story with several big personalities looking to take control at times, which could often spill over.
Arsenal’s Invincibles squad went a whole Premier League season unbeaten
He told Arsenal’s In Lockdown podcast: “Of course there was fighting,” Lauren said. “I love at Arsenal that the journalists didn’t go to the training sessions.
“In Spain in that time, it has been changed, now they have stopped the journalists going every single day. When I went to Arsenal in 2000 I said, ‘This is not possible.’ Why? Because in [Spain] the journalists were going every single day to find history, what happened here, who’s fighting with who?
Arsenal stars used to fight in training all the time, says Lauren
“In our time if the journalists were to attend training there would be history every single day.
“How competitive we were – all fighting between ourselves. I had a fight with Thierry, Thierry with Martin, Patrick with Freddie. We were all very competitive and we were all fighting because we all had big egos, big personalities but by the time the games arrived, we were fighting for the same goal.
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