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50 Years of Arsenal Home Kits from 1964 to 2014

James McNicholasFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2014

50 Years of Arsenal Home Kits from 1964 to 2014

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    Next season, Arsenal will wear a kit made by Puma for the first time.

    Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis told the club website:

    We are excited to be partnering with PUMA, a company whose football heritage and record of innovation have a strong affinity with our own. This represents another important step forward in Arsenal's progression on and off the pitch.

    The Puma deal marks a new chapter in the story of Arsenal kits. At this pivotal moment in the club's sartorial tradition, we take a chronological look back at 50 years of great Arsenal kits.

1962-64

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    This classic kit, worn here by Joe Baker, formed the model for many future shirts. The socks, however, were somewhat unusual: red with a single white hoop at the knee.

1965-67

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    The Arsenal kit of 1965-67
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    This kit was a real departure, as it was the first shirt since the 1930s not to have white sleeves.

1967-69

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    The white sleeves subsequently returned, along with some slightly surprising blue hoops on the socks. Those hoops are now reflected in the modern kit.

1969-1978

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    1975:  Charlie George of Arsenal in action during a Division One match played at Highbury in London, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
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    This kit, which lasted for almost a decade, may be the most iconic Arsenal shirt in history. It's simple, elegant and classy.

1978-81

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    Oct 1980:  Portrait of John Devine of Arsenal during a match. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
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    This was the first Arsenal kit to be manufactured by Umbro.

1981-82

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    12 Sep 1980:  Viv Anderson of Arsenal in action during the Canon League Division One match against Liverpool played at Highbury in London, England.  Arsenal won the match 3-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
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    Three years after the deal with Umbro, Arsenal supplemented their income by incorporating the JVC logo into their shirt design. It would stay there for 20 years.

1982-83

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    Mar 1983:  Paul Davis of Arsenal indicates to team mates during a match. \ Mandatory Credit: David  Cannon/Allsport
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    This kit, modelled by Paul Davis, did away with the white colour and reintroduced the blue hoops in the socks.

1983-84

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    1983:  Charlie Nicholas of Arsenal in action during a match. \ Mandatory Credit: Steve  Powell/Allsport
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    It's "bye bye" to the blue hoops on this kit, worn by Charlie Nicholas. Other than that, it's almost identical to the last one.

1984-85

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    10 Jul 1984:  A portrait of Viv Anderson of Arsenal during a photo-call held at Highbury in London, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
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    After a two-year absence, the white collar is back!

1985-86

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    1 Apr 1986:  Ian Allinson of Arsenal in action during the Canon League Division One match against Everton played at Highbury in London, England.  Everton won the match 1-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport
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    The only difference on this shirt was the addition of some text above the cannon to commemorate Arsenal's centenary year.

1986-88

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    1987:  Gus Caesar of Arsenal in action during a Barclays League Division One match against Norwich City at the Highbury Stadium in London. Arsenal won the match 2-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Dan  Smith/Allsport
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    In 1986, Arsenal's deal with Adidas led to the incorporation of the iconic three stripes on the sleeves and shorts.

1988-90

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    14 Oct 1989:  Lee Dixon of Arsenal shouts to team mates during a Barclays League Division One match against Manchester City at Highbury Stadium in London. \ Mandatory Credit: Bob  Martin/Allsport
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    On this kit, the white sleeves stretched all the way to the neck. Lee Dixon doesn't look too happy about it.

1990-92

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    Aug 1991:  David Hillier of Arsenal in action during the FA Charity Shield match against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in London. Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Allsport
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    This kit was the first to feature a full badge rather than just the cannon.

1992-94

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    6 Dec 1993:  Colin Calderwood of Tottenham Hotspur is pushed away by Ian Wright of Arsenal during an FA Carling Premiership match at Highbury in London, England. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. \ Mandatory Credit: Anton  Want/Allsport
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    This was Arsenal's first Premier League kit. The Arsenal badge moved to the centre of the shirt. That feature would later be replicated in 2004.

1994-95

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    23 Oct 1994:  Lee Dixon of Arsenal in action during an FA Carling Premiership match against Coventry City at Highbury Stadium in London. Arsenal won the match 2-1  \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun  Botterill/Allsport
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    For this shirt, Nike introduced the red and white hooped socks.

1995-96

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    30 DEC 1995:  ADRIAN CLARKE HELPS IAN WRIGHT CELEBRATE HIS GOAL FOR ARSENAL AGAINST WIMBLEDON IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH AT HIGHBURY. WIMBLEDON WON 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anton Want/ALLSPORT
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    The lifespan of this kit was brief, but Ian Wright's goals make sure it remains in the memory.

1996-98

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    26 Dec 1997:  Dennis Bergkamp of Arsenal looks up during the FA Carling Premiership match against Leicester City at Highbury Stadium in London. Arsenal won 2-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport
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    This kit saw white socks return, and a red panel introduced on the shorts.

1998-99

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    25 Oct 1998:  Lee Dixon of Arsenal celebrates his goal during the FA Carling Premiership match against Blackburn Rovers played at Ewood Park in Blackburn, England.  The match finished in a 1-2 victory for the visitors Arsenal. \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun Bo
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    On this shirt, the white sleeves extended all the way down the side of the torso. This time, Lee Dixon seems happy about the change.

1999-2000

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    28 Dec 2000:  Frederik Ljungberg of Arsenal in action during the FA Carling Premiership match against Leeds United at Highbury in London.  Arsenal won the match 2-0. \ Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt /Allsport
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    With the JVC sponsorship deal over, Arsenal joined forces with SEGA's Dreamcast brand.

2000-02

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    26 Dec 2001:  Patrick Vieira of Arsenal during FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Highbury, London. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Getty Images
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    This smart outfit was renowned for its prominent use of white.

2002-04

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    LONDON - DECEMBER 26:  Patrick Vieira of Arsenal passes the ball during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Highbury on December 26, 2003 in London, England.  Arsenal won the match 3-0. (Photo by Clive Mason
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    This will forever be known as "The Invincibles' Kit." It was also the first Arsenal shirt to feature the O2 logo and the new design of the Arsenal badge.

2004-05

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    This shirt, in which Arsenal achieved their record 49-game unbeaten run, featured hitherto unseen yellow piping.

2005-06

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    This special "redcurrant" kit commemorated the final season at Highbury, and harked back to the club's early days.

2006-08

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    LONDON - JANUARY 22:  Aleksandr Hleb of Arsenal in action during the Carling Cup Semi-final second leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on January 22, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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    This was the first kit worn at the Emirates Stadium. Subsequently, it was also the first to be emblazoned with the Emirates logo. It featured a gold stripe on the side of the shirt.

2008-10

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    PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30:  Aaron Mokoena of Portsmouth challenges Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Portsmouth and Arsenal at Fratton Park on December 30, 2009 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Ge
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    With the exception of the redcurrant shirt, this was the first kit without full white sleeves since 1996.

2010-11

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Abou Diaby of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on December 27, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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    This wonderfully simple shirt is still beloved by Arsenal fans. It's uncomplicated and unmistakably Arsenal.

2011-12

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31:  Tomas Rosicky of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers at the Emirates Stadium on December 31, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Imag
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    This kit featured a special badge to commemorate the club's 125th anniversary.

2012-14

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    The current Arsenal kit includes the blue hoops from the 1960s.

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