Some things can stay in the ’90s.
CD players. Dial-up internet. Bowl haircuts. Jelly sandals. Getting lost because sat navs were still the size of a football stadium.
But, let’s face it, football kits were better in the ’90s. Exhibit A: Arsenal’s ‘bruised banana’.
Between 1991 and 1993 Arsenal wore the majestic yellow away strip, crafted with care by adidas and so iconic it has its own nickname.
Fit for Saturday night at the rave and the following Sunday morning down Hackney Marshes, the kit was a cult classic and best seller.
Now, purely for our own entertainment, we’ve brought it back with a modern twist.
Why does Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang look like he’s just put four past Ian Walker?
He’d form a devastating partnership with Ian Wright, although Tony Adams and Steve Bould would take it in turns to kick lumps out of him in training.
Who can forget that iconic Arsenal defence of Seaman, Winterburn, Adams, Bould and Bellerin?
Sorry Lee Dixon, you’ve got to find somewhere else now.
Would Mesut Ozil work in the same midfield as Paul Merson? Probably not.
But it would be a beautiful car crash to watch, full of outside-of-the-boot flicks and reverse passes.
Aaron Ramsey would thrive in the ’90s. He’d also to pretty well in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, according to Neil Warnock.
Never a man to mince his words, Warnock described Ramsey as ‘Arsenal’s Bobby Charlton’. Presumably he’s not saying Ramsey has the mobility of an 80-year-old.
Poor Alexandre Lacazette. Even in the ’90s he’d still have to fight for a place in the starting XI.
Laca, Wright, Kevin Campbell, Andy Cole or Alan Smith? Good job they only played four-four-f******-two back then.
But could our daydreams soon become a reality?
Arsenal are heavily rumoured to be swapping Puma for adidas next season, with their current sponsorship deal ending in 2019.
Adidas’ reported deal is set to earn Arsenal around £60million, with fans already making it clear what kit they want to see make an instant return.
Nike harnessed the power of nostalgia with Nigeria’s World Cup kit- which payed homage to the 1994 strip- selling out following three million pre-orders.
So Arsenal, what are you waiting for? The fans will be happy, the players will be happy and, most importantly, the bigwigs lining the coffers are happy.
Everyone’s a winner.
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