Over the years, Arsenal fans have had great moments that called for celebration. And during all these ‘wow’ achievements, the fans have commemorated them with their vintage Arsenal football shirts. In both the reigns of Arsene Wenger and George Graham, the team has won numerous trophies that have cemented the club’s dominant presence in the football scene. However, even as fans get carried away by the recent winnings of the club, it is also important that we appreciate what the past teams did as they also took home many trophies to boast about. Whether you are talking about the past or present teams, what unites these teams apart from the trophies won are their awesome looking and beautiful Arsenal football shirts.
What comes to the mind of many upon the mention of vintage Arsenal football shirts (in Danish Arsenal fodboldtrøjer) are the white-sleeved red shirts that were made popular by people like Charlie George, the incredible Pat Rice and Liam Brady. However, you might be surprised to note that most of the Arsenal vintage shirts never had these white strip and red variations at all. Below is a highlight of some of the great Arsenal T-shirts that made the club glorious in the past.
1971 Arsenal Double Winners’ shirt
After Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur, their rivals from North London to win the League title, Arsenal was set to face Liverpool for FA Cup Final in 1971 knowing well that a win assured them the ‘Double Victory’, something first achieved in 1971. The good news is that the Gunners didn’t fail to pick the win after Charlie George scored the winning goal during the extra time to give Arsenal a 2-1 win. Consequently, the newly released Arsenal football shirts featured blue and yellow colors commemoratingthe double victory of the team with the cannon logo of the club on them and FA Cup picture. When worn with jeans, these T-shirts looked incredibly cool for any Arsenal fan.
1970’s Arsenal Long-sleeve shirt
The Arsenal football shirts that later followed were more stylish than you would imagine for any football vintage shirt. These shirts had a red body and long white sleeves and the usual v-neck shape had been ultimately replaced with the rounded neck design. There are so many legends that wore the shirt like Liam Brandy, the star from Republic of Ireland, who appeared more than 235 times and scored 43 goals from 1973 to 1980.
The 1989 Arsenal Championship shirt
The 1989 Arsenal football shirts became famous after the infamous game that the Gunners played in 1989 against their long-time rivals, Liverpool. Anyone will tell you that this was undoubtedly the most exciting and celebrated moment in the history of Arsenal. In fact, the match had been named ‘Mission Impossible’ as Gunners were required to score 2 goals for them to strip Liverpool from glory. And Arsenal did the impossible during the game’s 89th minute after Michael Thomas gave the shot that nailed Liverpool for good. The Arsenal football shirts in 1989 were JVC sponsored and had blue sleeves.
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