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Sydney FC can be Invincibles: Arnold

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Emma Kemp

Call it ambitious, but Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold has his sights set on claiming a status reserved for only world football's elite.

Not to be deterred by dropping a first point of the A-League season, Arnold has turned to Thierry Henry for inspiration, hoping the Arsenal legend can help his players replicate Arsene Wenger's 'Invicibles'.

Only the Gunners side of 2003-04 and Preston North End's outfit of 1888-89 have earned the prestigious moniker for finishing their respective English top-flight campaigns unbeaten.

Sitting pretty on six victories and one draw, the Sky Blues are contenders for a feat no Australian team has ever accomplished.

Brisbane, the first opponent to take a point off the runaway leaders last weekend, came closest in their 2010-11 championship season but lost once to Melbourne Victory.

Arnold didn't shy away from voicing belief his current squad could go 27 rounds without a loss.

"Yes, why not?" he said ahead of Saturday night's home clash with Adelaide.

"I showed the players some footage of Thierry Henry and his interview (regarding) the Arsenal Invincibles, and there's no reason why we can't.

"That's our aim. Our aim is to be the A-League Invincibles and go through undefeated."

Arnold also spoke out in defence of A-League officials amid a storm over refereeing standards following a string of controversial decisions, saying "they're humans, everyone makes mistakes".

The 53-year-old, who is known for criticising referees and found himself in hot water as recently as last season, has been on the favourable end of at least one contentious decision this campaign.

Three weeks ago David Carney handballed before scoring a crucial equaliser against Melbourne Victory.

Then, last weekend, confusion reigned as right-back Rhyan Grant appeared to escape the first of two yellow cards that was in reality never awarded.

"They're doing a very good job," Arnold said.

"It's not easy. One of the hardest things for them is the pace of the game ... obviously they get things right and they get things wrong.

"(Referee) Alan Milliner came in for some criticism last week over the Rhyan Grant situation, but when it was explained to us by Alan Milliner afterwards the linesman helped with his decision.

"Alan got the yellow card out, he thought it was a yellow, but the linesman told him it's a fantastic tackle by Rhyan and didn't deserve a yellow, and he changed his mind.

"It's good to see the communication between the referee and the linesman is getting better and better."

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