We thought we’d let the fans tell us their top 5 kits and the memories they evoke. Joe Nelson, a lifelong Arsenal fan and shirt collector, went through his top 5. We’re not sure about leaving out the infamous bruised banana but it’s not our list. Let us know what your top 5 would be in the comments below.
MY TOP 5 ARSENAL SHIRTS
What makes a great shirt? Is it the colour, the pattern, the history?
It’s a monumental task to condense the Gunners’ rich history into the space of just five shirts, but I’ve given it my best. You might not agree with them all, but here’s my line-up.
HOME 1969-1977 – CANNON
Before the days of shirt sponsors came this wonderful creation. Simple, elegant and still sold around the world today for a very good reason. It strips the shirt down to its core, leaving just the fabled cannon – the mark of the Arsenal.
A great kit doesn’t always have to be seeped in glory and fantastic players but it helps. In this classy design, the Gooners lifted the league title in 1970–71.
AWAY 1988-1991 – THE MICHAEL THOMAS
It’s impossible to imagine the likes of Michael Thomas, Alan Smith and David ‘Rocky’ Rocastle in anything else isn’t it? The shirt that was worn when George Graham’s men clinched the 1989 title at Anfield in dramatic fashion. If Adidas are ever to return to North London, we will be expecting an ode to this magnificent beast.
HOME 2005-2006 – THE FINAL SALUTE
Iconic. Historic. Classy. The redcurrant strip will live forever in the minds of Arsenal fans. Commemorating the first kit worn at Highbury back in 1913, this superb effort from Nike will never be forgotten. Arsenal kissed farewell to their home in spectacular fashion, beating Wigan 4-2 and pipping Spurs to fourth place on the final day of the season, including a Thierry Henry hat-trick. Le King.
AWAY 2001-2002 – SEGA POWERED
What’s not to love about this sumptuous gold kit? As if powered by SEGA themselves, Arsenal’s electric attack romped to the double in 2002, with the likes of Henry, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira and Sylvain Wiltord all oozing plenty of Va Va Voom.
HOME 2002-2004 – INVINCIBLES
The season of all seasons. Becoming invincible is one thing, but to win the league at White Hart Lane too? This shirt encapsulated the best time to be an Arsenal fan. Arguably the greatest team in Premier League history dawned this kit week upon week, striking fear into every player who stood in front of them. Marvellous.
By Joe Nelson – @Joe_Nelson1994