Whether you are a new Gunners fan, or an older fan who maybe regrets not buying an Arsenal shirt in the past, take a look back at some of the most notable authentic must haves for your collection. Here, you will find the top 10 retro Arsenal shirts in history – from their infamous ‘bruised banana’ shirt, to their eye catching fan favourite maroon shirt from 2005-06 we have got you covered!
Arsenal 1985 Home Centenary Shirt
Starting off with a classic, to celebrate 100 of Arsenal Football Club, the JVC sponsored cross over crew neck is a must for your collection. “Centenary Year” is uniquely displayed over the cannon badge.
This retro Arsenal shirt is perfect for fans of all ages, especially for the younger generation as they may not remember this monumental year for the club. The shirt features the iconic red and white Arsenal colours with a very faint striped pattern which gives it that extra edge above simpler shirts. If you purchase this retro Arsenal shirt from the clubs official store, you can even upgrade your purchase to include hero player printing of various club legends at a small additional cost of £10.
Arsenal 1991-93 Away Shirt
One of, if not the most iconic away shirts of all time is Arsenal’s 1991-93 ‘bruised banana’ shirt. Even if you are not a fan of Arsenal, how can you not like this funky black and yellow shirt. This was the first time in history that the club had left their comfort zone and decided it was time for change along with kit makers Adidas who had recently taken over as manufacturers in 1986. This was also the first shirt to display Arsenal’s new red coloured badge, as well as the first time JVC and Adidas were printed in red instead of blue.
The Adidas manufactured ‘bruised banana’ shirt is so influential, the Gunners modernised it for their current 19/20 away shirt!
Arsenal 1992-94 Home Shirt
One shirt you don’t see as often is this home shirt from the 92-94 seasons. It is distinctively different from other shirts with the introduction of black stripes on the sleeves, and the centre placing of the badge.
Arsenal 1982 Home Shirt
Arsenal are not commonly known for wearing a shirt with an all red torso; however, they have pulled it off with their 1982 home shirt. It features a smooth synthetic finish and displays the classic cannon badge with no writing other than sponsors – JVC.
Arsenal 1982 Away Shirt
Many of you may not even be aware of this retro Arsenal shirt’s existence! One colour which you would not associate with Arsenal is GREEN. The Gunners first showcased their away shirt on the first day of the season, although it could have been a factor for their 10th place finish in the First Division. It is the complete opposite of their home 1982 shirt and it feels like it was ahead of its time, looking back almost 40 years.
Arsenal 2005-06 Home Shirt
Now, we have one of the most distinct retro Arsenal shirts in history. To celebrate the Gunners last ever season playing at Highbury, Nike created this special one of a kind maroon/redcurrant jersey with a slick gold finish and embroidery around the crest and across the shirt.
Arsenal 2001-02 Away Shirt
Another iconic retro Arsenal shirt for you collection is the Gunners SEGA sponsored away shirt. The Japanese game developers sponsored the North London club for just two seasons, and only for their away shirts which was the first sponsorship of its kind for the club.
Arsenal 2002-03 Away Shirt
This was the first Arsenal shirt to be sponsored by phone network O2, and it was an instant hit with many fans when first released. The Gunners were known for their history of navy blue away shirts; however, this was in a different league. The light blue center gives it a very futuristic vibe, along with the navy blue and red finish across the kit.
Arsenal 1970s Long-Sleeve Home Shirt
Switching it up to another timeless classic, this long sleeved home shirt is perfect if you’re heading to The Emirates in the winter. This retro Arsenal shirt is simple but very effective for sure, and it reflects Arsenal’s red and white roots before the introduction of kit sponsors and manufacturers printed on shirts.
Arsenal 1971 Short Sleeve Away Shirt
To celebrate their League title and FA Cup double in 1971, Arsenal wore this legendary yellow and blue away shirt. This shirt cannot be competed against many others for one simple reason – the apparent FA Cup image printed above their cannon badge. You cannot miss out on your chance to be part of the club’s history, especially if you missed out on it back in the day – a must have retro Arsenal shirt for your collection!