Don’t get us wrong, Arsenal’s Invincibles squad was very possibly the best Premier League team in the competition’s history.
A team that boasted Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires, Sol Campbell and Dennis Bergkamp is always going to be half-decent, and in 2003-04, Arsene Wenger guided them to something exceptional; something that no other team has got close to since.
But, like Jesper Blomqvist in Manchester United’s Treble-winning side, there’s always a passenger who doesn’t quite deserve to be there when some of the greatest players of our time are lifting a hard-earned trophy.
On the most part, Wenger trimmed the fat at Arsenal the summer before that memorable season, loaning out deadwood like Igors Stepanovs and Francis Jeffers.
But one player remained for the entire season and, although his appearances were limited, he still managed to pick up a Premier League winners’ medal after Arsenal’s win over Leicester on May 15, 2004.
Jeremie Aliadiere somehow managed to wangle his way into Wenger’s first-team set-up, even getting a game or two in August of that season.
A promising youngster (who, like Carlos Vela, loved a stellar performance in the League Cup), Aliadiere was eventually shipped out by Wenger in 2007.
Aliadiere was a massive disappointment to the Arsenal fans who thought, given his promise and the fact he was mentored by Henry and Bergkamp, he would become a club legend. But instead he became a Championship-standard striker who spent time at Celtic and Middlesbrough.
Now 33, Aliadiere is playing at Lorient. He may have peaked in terms of honours while in his early 20s at Arsenal, but at least he was part of the best team in Premier League history.