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Invincible: Inside Arsenal's Unbeaten 2003-2004 Season

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In 2003-04, Arsenal overcame every conceivable challenge to complete a 38-game league without a single loss. It was a feat unequalled in modern football. But for Arsene Wenger's 'Invincibles', a team including legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp, it was a challenge that went far beyond sport. Based on exclusive players interviews, this definitive book ...more
Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published October 23rd 2014 by Viking
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Toby
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm biased because I'm predisposed towards the subject matter but I can't help but feel that Amy Lawrence has crafted a wonderfully engrossing account of a legendary, record breaking year in English football and the attributes required to bring it to fruition.

Team building being such a buzz concept in the business world I'm sure the insight these world class athletes provide through their interviews with Lawrence could be invaluable to those wanting to put together motivational power point prese
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John Anthony
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This must have been a real labour of love for Amy Lawrence, journalist and like me a fan of the mighty Arsenal. I found it a joy to read - brilliantly written and compelling reading. Everyone behind the 2003/4 success contributes to the story. As well as bringing back happy memories I learnt so much from this.
A tear jerker in the happiest of senses, which I didn't want to end.
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Eric Lynch
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amy does a wonderful job capturing not only day-to-day interactions between players, Wenger, staff, and fans but the emotional (and sometimes ethereal) connection that the 2003-2004 Invincible season will have for every Arsenal fan. Having firsthand accounts of players’ perspective was incredibly insightful and gave a glimpse into their mentality through the ups and downs of this special season. This accomplishment was something special and this book does a respectful and thoroughly narration of ...more
Kartik
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Thoroughly insightful and goes much beyond what happened on the 49 glorious match days. Full of anecdotes, interviews and news excerpts bringing out the emotional highs and lows the players and the manager underwent to make this happen. From the romanticism associated with Highbury to the rational move to the Emirates, Amy Lawrence has brought it all out really well. At times, highly reverential of Wenger and Arsenal, but that's expected of course! ...more
Chee Shen
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must read for Arsenal fan to know in depth the insight of Invincible season. Reading this book is like walking through the incredible season as a part of the team. You not only get to know them on the pitches, but on the training grounds, in the dressing rooms, as well as during the dinner bonding sessions. That is not a squad but a family! And I am part of them when I read through the book.
Anthony Rodriguez
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Tremendous insight into a spectacular team that cannot be replicated. Their hunger for nothing but the best from each other is incredible. The only down side of this book is that it makes current iterations of Arsenal so much more unpalatable.
Shatterlings
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my guilty pleasure read for the Read Harder challenge. I loved this, it's about my favourite team and some of my favourite players. Reading it I think Amy Lawrence feels the same. ...more
Finn Mannerings
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Unbeatable insight into the ultimate team mentality. A genuine pleasure to read.
James
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football
Despite being a Villa fan, I have read a lot about Arsenal and their recent greats, so do have a little emotional pull to the club. This was not just a book about The Invincibles, but an impressive collection of thoughts from most of the players in the famous side of 2003-4. Perhaps more suited for Arsenal fans than for a generic football fan due to its completely uncritical stance (assuming the 'Membership edition' I picked up only has a different cover), it has some rather simplistic comments ...more
Darrell Woods
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sport
Already over ten years ago... Crumbs! This is an easy to read sprint through the Invincibles season where Amy Lawrence has managed to get first hand input from most of those involved. It does have a whiff of a bygone age, foreshadowing the onrush of "new money" that started in May 2003 with Abramovich and sadly moved the goalposts probably forever. Memories that stand out are mixed - being in line with Wayne Bridge's shot and knowing it was heading in with no time left to knock us out of the CL; ...more
Ryan
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Kanu was a bit part member of the Arsenal team that won the Premier League title undefeated. At the start of his career he won the Dutch league and the Champions League undefeated in 1994/95. This doesn't get mentioned in the book because it takes away from what fans of the Premier League generally, and Lawrence specifically in this case wants to believe, which is that what this team did was unprecedented. It wasn't. Many teams have won top flight domestic leagues undefeated and though the numbe ...more
Kevin Conlon
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is really only suited for Arsenal fans. It doesn't follow a chronological sequence through the season in question, and unless you have a good understanding of how that season went you could feel like you're missing out on parts of the story. For an Arsenal fan, it's an excellent retelling of the unbeaten season through the eyes of those involved, and delves into the Arsenal story both before and after 03/04 to give a more rounded view of the club and its position in football. At times ...more
Jeremiah Demster
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soccer
Lawrence's reverence for the subject matter is obvious, but in the context of this remarkable achievement it's a totally appropriate tone for this book. This is not a game by game break down, but rather a look at the relationships, personalities, philosophies, and talents that made it possible. She does highlight some key games and their importance to the eventual whole, but as a way of giving them perspective rather than simply capturing or reporting. Excellently written and a fascinating read. ...more
Motez Bishara
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports-books
Fun and quick read for a fan, but was missing any voices from opponents. Would have been good to hear Van Neistelroy or Roy Kean's take on the invincibles 10 years later.
Nearly all the main Gunners from the squad were interviewed (many said overlapping words of praise and cohesion ..."we're still a family" etc) ex Ashley Cole who refused to participate.
what is cole's issue with arsenal? more should have been explored.
all in all a decent read, and a nice complementary treat in the season ticket
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Pritesh Patil
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book and a must read for each and every Gooner to see the depth of Wenger's work for the club. But more importantly, it gives a good insight into the Invincible year, how it came into being, the relationship that those players still have with the club, despite now being thousands of miles away, and the groundwork laid down by the tag team of David Dein and Arsene Wenger to bring about what was a title challenge and a Championship for the ages.

Played 38, won 26, drawn 12, lost exactly n
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Stephen King
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Looking through the reviews, I add my name to the list of Arsenal fans who have warmly welcomed this account of the invincible season. Winning the league at White Hart Lane, the beautiful balance of defence, midfield and attack crafted by Wenger, before the creation of Chelsea (est. 2003) and Man City came and spoiled it all
Jpaflas
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amy is a life long Arsenal fan (attending matches since the 70's with her fam) and a writer for the Observer and London's Guardian among others. Her style is clear and she is well informed. This story of Arsenal's unbeaten 2003-04 season is A great read for any Arsenal or football fan.

Played 38 - Won 26 - Drawn 12 - Lost exactly... none!
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Rob Bell
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Must read for any Arsenal fan, but a brilliantly written book nevertheless and recommended for anyone who wants an insight into a team of 'winners' ...more
Jeff Randall
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Love the ARSENAL. Good read, though cant say there was much in the way of any unknown insights; but enjoyed reading.
Mike Wardrop
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great read. It would have been great to hear more about the games themselves, but I really enjoyed the first-hand accounts from former players.
Aik Lim
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: footie
This was a great read recollecting the season where possibly the most eye pleasing team in the premiership won the championship. The team and it's multinational members were a great joy to behold. ...more
Rashaad
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
nothing like living in the past.
Deborah
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book. Must read for every Arsenal fans and lovers of the beautiful game.
John Raine
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't always love sports books that are heavy into player interviews, but it was great fun to remember this season and that great Arsenal team ...more
Janina
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5. Amy Lawrence, ily.
Aditya Prasanna
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a Gooner, reading this gave me the chills. I've watched countless clips from the 2003-04 season, (especially Henry's Messi-esque goal against Liverpool and the title-winning match at Whitehart Lane) but this book made me feel like I was right there, with the team, as they created history. There are countless moments from the book that I can keep writing about, such as our demolition of Inter in San Siro, Toure tackling Wenger in this first training session, and many more, but this is a book r ...more
Roy Chua
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My rating is probably biased, as I only started watching football and made an Arsenal fan exactly during that season.

Its nice to hear of thoughts of the players and manager during that season and how hard it was to maintain the ferocity and mentality to go through an entire season unbeaten, especially after winning the title at White Hart Lane and still having to fight the next few games. Amy Lawrence documented the emotions and mentality of the players well using interviews.

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Gumble's Yard
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Well crafted account – relying mainly on recent interviews with the key players (including Rice, Wenger and Dein) interleaved with some of Lawrence’s contemporaneous match reports. The book avoids tedious rehashes of every game although is perhapd best read with You Tube to hand to view the actual games in some cases. One of the end conclusions of the book is that the season was the last time such an achievement was possible for Arsenal, coming just as Abramovich’s investment in Chelsea transfor ...more
Ryan Patrick
Really more of a collection of interviews with the players and a couple of original match reports from the author--this means that a lot of the text is that rather bland brand of interviewese when the players say how wonderful it was to be part of that team, and how awesome their teammates were, and so forth. I don't want to suggest that they were being insincere, simply that what the writer really wanted to capture were inexpressable thoughts and feelings you'll never get unless you can quite l ...more
Thomas Smith
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book was more than I bargained for really, less an inside view of the 03-04 season, but more a full overview of the long process taken to build this remarkable team of winners. The personalities and thought processes of the key figures in Arsenal's great achievement are analysed, and it becomes very clear that everything behind the iconic team was masterminded to perfection. This book tells the great tale of the last great team before the cancer of foreign billionaires begun to dominate Eng ...more
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