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There have been many reasons for Arsenal fans to celebrate over the years and there is usually a vintage Arsenal football shirt to commemorate these achievements. A cabinet full of trophies have been won during the reigns of George Graham and Arsene Wenger, but let us not forget the great Arsenal teams from the past, who also won their fair share of trophies as well, and did it wearing awesome looking Arsenal retro shirts.
When you think of a vintage Arsenal football shirt you will naturally imagine the red shirt with white sleeves, made famous by the likes of Pat Rice, Charlie George and the incredible Liam Brady. However, it might be a surprise to find out that many of the Arsenal retro shirts from the past were not variations of this red and white strip at all.
Below we take a look at three Arsenal retro shirts from the club’s glorious past.
Arsenal 1971 Double Winners shirt
Having won the League title by beating their North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal faced Liverpool in the 1971 FA Cup Final knowing that a victory would earn them the coveted “Double”, a feat that had been achieved for the first time in 1961, by Spurs. The game was won by the Gunners, 2-1 after extra time, with Charlie George scoring the winner.
In the away colours of yellow and blue, this really is a great looking Arsenal football shirt, featuring the club’s cannon logo, which has a little picture of the FA Cup above it. These Arsenal retro shirts look cool with a pair of jeans and is a must buy for any Gunners fan.
Arsenal 1970’s long sleeve shirt
These Arsenal retro shirts are far more in the style you would expect from a vintage Arsenal football shirt. It was the red body with long white sleeves that was the home kit for most of the decade, with the only real change being the v-neck getting replaced by a round neck design.
Amongst the many legends who wore this shirt, perhaps the best loved was Liam Brady, the Republic of Ireland star who made 235 appearances for the club, between 1973 and 1980, scoring 43 goals.
Arsenal 1989 Championship shirt
These Arsenal retro shirts were of course made famous by that infamous game against Liverpool, in 1989, without doubt the most exciting moment ever in Arsenal’s history. Arsenal needed to win the game by 2 clear goals, in order to clinch the title from Liverpool and achieved “Mission Impossible” at Anfield when Michael Thomas, wearing number 4, scored in the 89th minute. Again this is a yellow away shirt, but this one has navy blue sleeves and is sponsored by JVC.
write by Kieran