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19. Wenger's men break unbeaten record

Arsenal 3-0 Blackburn Rovers - 2004

Arsenal set new unbeaten league record of 43 matches 25 August 2004

On the face of it, Arsenal's 3-0 win over Blackburn on August 25, 2004 is just another run-of-the-mill home win for the Gunners.

But this particular triumph was something special - it saw Arsenal eclipse Nottingham Forest's record of 42 league games without defeat.

Second half goals from Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas and Jose Antonio Reyes were enough to take the points on the night and ensure that Arsène Wenger's side cemented their place in history.

Arsenal exploded out of the blocks in the first five minutes, seeking that opening goal, but it didn’t materialise and Blackburn found their way back into the match.

Craig Short and Paul Dickov both went close and nearly threw a spanner in the works, but the sides went in at the break all square.

Five minutes into the second period, Henry fired in from close range. Eight minutes later Fabregas doubled the score and the excitement.

The young Spaniard secured a milestone of his own by finding the net - he became Arsenal's youngest ever goalscorer in league football.

There was more to come from the champions though and Reyes rounded off a memorable night with the third goal to secure Arsenal’s place in the record books.

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