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My favorite Arsenal kit – Top Football kits – Part 1 – Arsenal

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Various Arsenal bloggers and fans give their view on the club and the kit

In a new series on 26kits.com we try to find out which Arsenal football kit is the most favorite according influential Arsenal bloggers and fans. We have asked them several questions about the club they support and of course questioned them regarding some football kit issues.

We have asked them the following questions:
• since when do you follow Arsenal?
• why did you become an Arsenal fan?
• what clubs , other than Arsenal , do you support?
• what is your best Arsenal moment ever?
• do you have any dream or wish in relation to Arsenal?

• what is your favorite Arsenal home shirt?
• what is your favorite Arsenal away shirt?
• how many Arsenal shirts do you have?
• what is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than Arsenal?
• what is your favorite ‘all time’ shirt, other than Arsenal?

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Brian Heard from Arsenalmatchworn.com is the first to answer.

Since when do you follow Arsenal?
I think it started way back in 1986. At least, that was my earliest memories of football. The 1986 World Cup during the summer will always stay with me, for my first introduction of the game. After that, with me being new to the sport, a couple of my friends were Arsenal fans. I decided to follow the club myself. So I’m not the usual fan that followed family tradition, as in father to son etc… And to be honest, following Arsenal during the mid 1980′s was no joyful experience! But as we all know, once we support a club, we choose to stick with them from that day forward.

Why did you become an Arsenal fan?
Have to echo the previous answer. With me being new to the sport, I was looking for a team to follow. A few of my close friends were Arsenal fans, so I chose to follow Arsenal. It was great, a new hobby for a young kid is always a great thing. School break times were soon filled with ‘football talk’!

What clubs , other than Arsenal , do you support?
Being an Arsenal fan, it would always be hard supporting a club side in the same league. So the only option was a European side. I think Barcelona, Milan and Ajax were always the stand out clubs for me. They each had many great players when i was growing up, many players in those sides went on to win everything in the game. But it’s really hard to choose a certain club to support or follow. I do love Spanish football, the football pitches always look bigger than usual, maybe down to the space the players seem to create. So, yes, I think Barcelona would be my choice of another team to follow.

What is your best Arsenal moment ever?
There are a few great moments i have enjoyed as an Arsenal fan… Winning the league title at Tottenham and Manchester United will always be up there. But I think I can speak for most Arsenal fans, when we won the league title vs Liverpool in 1989. We had to go to Anfield and win by two goals without conceding! Liverpool were a great side during the 1980′s. We were 1-0 up going into the last minute. Well, we all know it only takes a split second to create a bit of magic… Then it happened… Michael Thomas scored in the dying moments to get us the 2-0 score line we needed to secure the league title. The match commentator saying ‘it’s up for grabs now’ just before Thomas poked the ball over the keeper into the net, will get any Arsenal fans spine tingling.

Do you have any dream or wish in relation to Arsenal?
I think along with many Arsenal fans. The holy grail is the Champions League trophy. We reached the final in 2006 vs Barcelona. Unfortunately Jens Lehman got sent off early on, a wrong decision by the referee many thought. Although down to 10 men, we showed spirit and did look the better side. We even took the lead with a Sol Campbell header. But as expected, tired legs took a hold, and Barcelona grabbed the two goals they needed to lift the trophy. So, for me to see Arsenal win the Champions League would be such a great experience. It’s the World Cup of club football!

What is your favorite Arsenal home shirt?
Great question! I get asked this a lot, and always find it very hard to choose! I like simple designs, the traditional red shirt with white sleeves. I was a huge fan of the Redcurrant 2005/06 home shirt. Although not the usual colours I had seen when growing up, as that had always been red and white. It did look very different, but it seemed to fit, if that makes sense. A big change from the traditional colours, but it still looked Arsenal. Obviously I wasn’t around when we first wore that colour, but again, it looked a nice design and was a fans favorite. The 2010/11 home shirt was also a great design. Very simple, that took many fans back to the 1970′s Umbro era of shirt design. As said, it is a very tough question. I tend to chop and change on favorite shirts/designs whenever i look through them. For me now, I’m really liking the 1983/84 Umbro home shirt. So I’d have to say that this one is my current favorite I own.

Favorite Arsenal football kits from Brian

What is your favorite Arsenal away shirt?
Again, another very good question! Arsenal have had some great away shirts, and some shockers! The shockers being the 1982/83, non too popular green away. Then of course the infamous fan branded ‘bruised banana’ from the 1991/93 season. Going back to a previous question, relating to my ‘favorite Arsenal moment’. Many fans would agree that the 1988/91 yellow adidas away, would be high on their list. Mainly due to Arsenal winning the league title Vs Liverpool in the last minute at Anfield. That shirt holds great memories, or should I say, it holds a great moment in many Arsenal fans lives. I was very pleased to add David O’Learys shirt from that night/match to the collection. So this shirt wins hands down on the favorite away design.

How many Arsenal shirts do you have?
This is a scary question! I honestly don’t know! But I do know that I’m still looking for a good few more shirts to fill the voids that are missing from various seasons.

What is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than Arsenal?
Dortmund have a nice design by Puma. In the Premier League I really like Fulham’s home shirt made by Adidas, It looks very retro. Also Everton’s home shirt by Nike is very yester year design wise. To choose from the above, i think the Fulham home shirt is a favorite of mine.

What is your favorite ‘all time’ shirt, other than Arsenal?
Another great question. Very hard to choose. There have been some great designs over the years… Ajax had great designs, the vertical sponsor always looked different from the usual horizontal sponsored shirts. The 70′s Holland shirt, Argentina’s Le Coq Sportif. Dare i say, Manchester United had lovely 1980′s Adidas designs, as well as Arsenal. A personal favorite would be the Adidas home that Holland wore during Euro 1988. It was very similar in design to Russia’s home shirt. But Holland’s shirt is a big winner for me.

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Next is Daniel Cowan. Daniel runs the Arsenal blog North London is Red

Since when do you follow Arsenal?
I could say from birth but I only really became consciously aware of Arsenal in 1991 so I will say 1991.

Why did you become an Arsenal fan?
Apart from them being the greatest team the world has ever seen? It is the family club and my dad is a huge Gooner.

What clubs , other than Arsenal , do you support?
I’m a one club guy.

What is your best Arsenal moment ever?
It’s really hard to choose. Winning the league at Old Trafford was great, as was winning it at Spurs in the Invincible season. Dennis Bergkamp’s goal vs Newcastle was just insane as was Henry’s vs Manchester United but I think I would have to say Ray Parlour’s goal against Chelsea in the 2002 FA Cup Final. Seconds before UK TV personality Tim Lovejoy dismissed the threat of goal by claiming “don’t worry, it’s only Ray Parlour” before Ray unleashed an unstoppable shot. I was always a huge fan of Ray Parlour and your readers read why on my site or on the official Arsenal website.

Do you have any dream or wish in relation to Arsenal?
I would love to see Arsène Wenger lift the Champions League trophy for Arsenal.

What is your favorite Arsenal home shirt?
The 2000-2002 Nike, Sega Dreamcast shirt. Three of my favourite moments came in that shirt, the Henry, Bergkamp and Parlour goals. It was quite striking to look at with the blue stripe down each side accentuating the red and white, plus I love collars on football shirts.

Top Arsenal kit from Daniel

What is your favorite Arsenal away shirt?
This is another hard choice. I think the current one deserves a mention, it really reminds me of the 2003-2004 away shirt but I think I am going to have to choose the 1988-1991 Adidas/JVC shirt. It was the first away shirt I ever saw and was worn in the famous 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield to seal the 1989 title on goal difference.

How many Arsenal shirts do you have?
Only 5 that still fit me!

What is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than Arsenal?
I quite like the PSG away shirt and the England away “FA 150” shirt and despite not reinventing the wheel I always like the Inter shirts, I find the bold blue and black stripes quite striking.

What is your favorite ‘all time’ shirt, other than Arsenal?
Holland 1998. Dennis Berggggkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkaaamp (Jack van Gelder style)

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Next up is David Oudôt. David writes and publish on both davidaudot.com and The Gooner

Since when do you follow Arsenal?
I started going to Highbury to watch Arsenal in 1988 when I was 8 years old.

Why did you become an Arsenal fan?
I didn’t have a choice! My family are all Arsenal and a lot of them still live near the stadium.

What clubs , other than Arsenal , do you support?
Leyton Orient. In my old job I used to have a lot of work with Barry Hearn, their owner, and I’ve been able to see them a few times.

What is your best Arsenal moment ever?
Nothing will top the last game of my first season when we beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield to win the League with the last kick of the entire season. My dad and my brother went crazy and I’ve never seen anything so brilliant since.

Do you have any dream or wish in relation to Arsenal?
The piece de resistance would be a season in which Arsenal do the Treble in winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.

What is your favorite Arsenal home shirt?
The classic Arsenal shirt that we wore from 1967 to 1978. Only used the cannon rather than the full badge, and the shirt that we won the Double in for the first time in 1971. Reminds me of brilliant Arsenal players like Charlie George, John Radford and Frank McLintock, and it’s when football was better as a whole.

Top Arsenal shirts regarding to David

What is your favorite Arsenal away shirt?
The 2003/04 kit. Proper Arsenal away kit in being yellow with a bit of royal blue in the collar, cuffs and shorts, and reminds me of the Invincible year when Arsenal produced the best team I have ever seen.

How many Arsenal shirts do you have?
5 at the moment. 4 home and 1 away, and I haven’t got one since 2006 thinking about it!

Wwhat is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than Arsenal?
Either Athletic Bilbao or PSG. Really, really nice kits.

What is your favorite ‘all time’ shirt, other than Arsenal?
Atletico Madrid. What can I say? I love red and white!

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We continue with Miguel Á. Rodríguez, a Spanish Arsenal fan since he can remember.

Since when do you follow Arsenal?
Since I can remember

Why did you become an Arsenal fan?
I love football, red colour and London.

What clubs , other than Arsenal , do you support?
Barça, Celta Vigo, Porto, Celtic, Juventus, Hearts, Boca, Grêmio, Peñarol and Pumas.

What is your best Arsenal moment ever?
49 unbeaten run, Premiership 2003-04 season.

Do you have any dream or wish in relation to Arsenal?
Maybe can win the Premiership this season. I hope so.

What is your favorite Arsenal home shirt?
The Arsenal farewell to Highbury shirt from 2006. See image below (left).

Miguel's favorite Arsenal kits

What is your favorite Arsenal away shirt?
Arsenal third kit 2007/08. See image above (right).

How many Arsenal shirts do you have?
20 or more, never count it.

What is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than Arsenal?
The Bayern München away shirt.

What is your favorite ‘all time’ shirt, other than Arsenal?
Hard to choose only one, but adidas Boca home kit from the 80′s.

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Next is Frank aka TotalArsenal, Dutch Arsenal blogger at Bergkampesque

Since when do you follow Arsenal?
Since 1995.

Why did you become an Arsenal fan?
It all started with the arrival of my then favourite footballer: Bergkamp. I gradually started to love the club, the history, the fans, and the great joy everybody had around the football being played. This is a special, special club.

What clubs , other than Arsenal , do you support?
Other than Arsenal I like Roda JC – my former home town club – to do well, and have always have a soft sport for Ajax. But it is Arsenal for 99% of my available time.

What is your best Arsenal moment ever?
I went to the 2003 CL game between Arsenal and Ajax at Highbury as one of the (many) ‘VIP’ guests. The game was not much to remember, but I predicted the right score together with five other guests from a few hundred there, and it was my name that was pulled out of the hat – the prize was a signed Arsenal football… absolutely priceless!

Do you have any dream or wish in relation to Arsenal?
The return of the Iceman. Dennis to work with the likes of Ozil, Wilshere, the Ox, Eisfeld, Zelalem… stuff of dreams.

What is your favorite Arsenal home shirt?
The 2004 – 2005 home kit. It is my lucky shirt and I wear it when going to games. Just love the subtle yellow lines to brighten up further the fantastic combination of red and white.

Frank's best Arsenal kits ever

What is your favorite Arsenal away shirt?
The 2008-2009 away shirt. I bought my brother, who still played football then, a shirt and he said he felt people were looking at him from miles away when he wore it. I loved that.

How many Arsenal shirts do you have?
4 kits.

What is your favorite 2013/14 shirt, other than Arsenal?
That is a hard one….. Celtic home shirt if I have to chose.

What is your favorite ‘all time’ shirt, other than Arsenal?
The Feijenoord home shirt. Saw it when I was a little boy when they played Roda JC in Kerkrade, and have loved it ever since.

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I like to thank Brian, Daniel, David, Miguel and Frank for their time and share their passion and answers with us. I’m working on new series with other clubs at this moment so stay in touch and check back regularly. If you follow 26kits on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ you won’t miss any new article or new kit release.

Do you have club suggestions or other ideas to share or write about? Send an e-mail to ideas [@] 26kits [dot] com

Thanks,

Dennis Woudt

© images (Frank/David) Vintage Football Shirts and (top) David Holt.

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