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Arsenal ready to end trophy drought

Since rolling through the Premier League unbeaten to win the 2003-04 title, Arsenal has been shut out in its quest for a trophy.

The Carling Cup final Sunday against Birmingham (11 a.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel) may not qualify as a major piece of silverware, yet Coach Arsene Wenger's team is very much in the hunt for the league title and pulled off a 2-1 defeat of Barcelona Tuesday in the first leg of their round-of-16 Champions League encounter.

How this team compares to the unbeaten 2003-04 "Invincibles" -- a strange nickname to foist on a squad that in other competitions fell at the semifinal (FA Cup, Carling Cup) and quarterfinal (Champions League)  stages -- and the double-winning teams of 1998 and 2002 is yet to be determined -- but the debate is underway.

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