Vieira backs Chelsea to match Arsenal Invincibles

The former midfielder captained the Gunners during their unbeaten run, which ended 10 years ago on Friday, and feels Jose Mourinho’s side are best placed to replicate the feat

Patrick Vieira has backed Chelsea to match the Arsenal Invincibles’ unbeaten season.

The former midfielder captained the Gunners as they avoided defeat for the entire 2003-04 campaign before Manchester United ended their 49-game run.

Chelsea have started the season with seven wins and a draw from their opening eight games, and Vieira – who currently coaches Manchester City’s reserve side – has hinted that Jose Mourinho’s men are capable of replicating Arsenal’s achievement.

“Of course [Arsenal’s feat can be matched],” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “Records are out there for teams to beat.

“I think a team will do better than that, but how long it will take we don’t know. Maybe, Chelsea.

“I think one day that record will be beaten. I think that Chelsea look really promising. They have not especially played well but they keep winning and they look really strong.

“Physically, Chelsea look one of the strongest teams in the Premier League. They’ve got quality in [Eden] Hazard, [Cesc] Fabregas is back to his best and [Diego] Costa is scoring goals. So Chelsea look good.”

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