2004–05 Arsenal F.C. Season
The 2004–05 season was Arsenal's 85th consecutive season in the top division of English football and 15th in the Premier League.
Arsenal went into the season as champions after finishing the 2003–04 league season unbeaten, but had been knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the FA Cup and the semi-finals of the Football League Cup, so they were areas that manager Arsène Wenger looked to improve upon for the coming season. Arsenal also looked towards beating the unbeaten league record of Nottingham Forest as, coming into the season, they were 40 league games unbeaten and needed 2 to equal and 3 to beat the record. This unbeaten run came to an end at 49 games following a 2–0 defeat away to Manchester United, in a match dubbed the "Battle of the Buffet".
Arsenal's sportsmanship was again rewarded at the end of the season with the club winning the Barclays Fair Play Award for the second year in a row.
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