The late 90s isn’t always regarded as a golden era for kit design but it did throw up some absolute classics such as this fine Arsenal away strip.
Crafted in the average Gunners’ fan’s favourite change colour of yellow/amber, paired with navy blue and an elegant red trim, the shirt incorporated a neat new collar design and a bold horizontal band running across the chest and arms that housed the familiar JVC logo of the era. In fact this was the last Arsenal away kit to feature the branding of their original shirt sponsor before the Sega/Dreamcast deal commenced in 1999. A nice touch was the use of the ‘cannon’ logo on the shorts rather than the full Arsenal crest.
Nike’s late 90s Arsenal kits were always something special but for me this design, which was produced for the first time using Nike’s Dri-Fit fabric, was exceptional. Bold and brave and forever associated with a great Arsenal side.
Worn by: Marc Overmars, Nicolas Anelka, Dennis Bergkamp
Worn in: The 1997-98 Premier League winning season including a vital 1–0 triumph over Manchester United. Also worn in a 3–0 win over the Red Devils in the following season’s Charity Shield.
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