Arsenal ‘Reach Agreement’ Over £25m Move for William Saliba Which Keeps £40m Transfer Budget Free

​Arsenal are reported to have reached a £25m deal with Saint-Étienne over centre-back William Saliba, but the French club’s insistence to take the player back on loan could mean that the Gunners can keep the majority of their transfer budget free for other targets this summer.

The 18-year-old enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season in Ligue 1, making 16 appearances and becoming a regular in the side towards the end of the season, while generating interest from a number of Europe’s top sides – Arsenal included. 

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He has been one of a cavalcade of players who have been linked with a move to ​the Gunners in spite of frequent reports that they won’t be spending heavily this summer, and now RMC report (via ​GFFN) that an accord has been reached between the clubs over a £25m deal. 

There had been some scepticism towards a potential move, with some feeling that investing the majority of their reported £40m transfer budget in a largely unproven defender is unwise while other areas need addressed – especially since a detail in the report notes that the player will spend next season continuing his development on loan at Saint-Étienne

However, while that may have come as a concern, the ​Evening Standard report that it could just be Arsenal’s saving grace, as they are confident over a compromise that will allow the player to spend next season with the French side, provided they only need to pay a small percentage of the fee up front. 

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It means that the vast majority of the £40m they have to spend would remain available for new targets, while Saliba would in effect be paid for from next summer’s transfer budget, whatever that may be. 

It could leave them even more handicapped in 12 months’ time as far as new signings go, but would mean in the short-term that Unai Emery can focus his spending on targets who will improve his side for the coming season, while knowing that he has a quality long-term addition to his defence already secured.

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Arsene Wenger: A Pioneering Visionary Who Became Invincible at Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is number 30 in 90min’s Top 50 Great Managers of All Time series. Follow the rest of the series over the course of the next six weeks.


After 22 years in charge of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger finally stepped down from the managerial hot seat and departed north London.

In his lengthy time with the club, he won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cup crowns, also reaching the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup finals. Those accolades alone show the impact Wenger had during his time in England, but simply reeling off his achievements barely scratches the surface of what he accomplished.

Taking a failing mid-table Gunners side to a maiden Premier League crown within two years, he implemented a free-flowing ‘total football’ philosophy that helped transcend the English game into what it is today – as well as changing the landscape of the British transfer market.

Arsene Wenger

He even became ‘Invincible’ – going the entire 2003/04 Premier League season unbeaten as he guided Arsenal to a third top-flight crown in the space of six seasons.

His success was all the more remarkable, particularly to supporters in England, because he was virtually a complete unknown prior to his appointment in late 1996. By that time, Wenger had been in club management for over a decade but had spent the majority of his coaching career in his homeland – spending three years with Nancy, before a seven-year stint with Monaco that yielded a solitary Ligue 1 title.

He was dismissed from the French principality in late 1994 and upped sticks to take on a new challenge in Japan with Nagoya Grampus Eight – having enhanced his profile and reputation by being part of a FIFA governing body responsible for analysing that year’s World Cup.

There, Wenger won two domestic cup competitions, challenging his players to think for themselves and make their own decisions, rather than relying on his every command. Though this approach was viewed as brazen and somewhat bizarre, it worked – as Nagoya overcame a dreadful run of form to finish runners-up in the J League, earning Wenger the league’s Manager of the Year award.

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“At a young age winning is not the most important thing…the important thing is to develop creative and skilled players with good confidence.” Arsene Wenger.


His philosophy and commitment to playing a progressive brand of swashbuckling, stylish football had already caught the attention of ​Arsenal vice-president David Dein in 1995, but it was a full year before a deal was struck to bring Wenger to England.

Upon his eventual arrival, Wenger was given full authority at the club, unlike his predecessors – taking control over transfers, contracts and training sessions. The Gunners began to reap the rewards immediately, finishing third at the end of his first season in charge – having finished fifth and 12th in the previous two campaigns.

Wenger had already brought so much more to the club than results, though. The culture at the club had altered, with the Frenchman, publicly portrayed as a dull, deadpan school teacher, spearheading a change in attitude at Highbury.

He wanted to win, but would never compromise his principles. He would listen to feedback and take on board his players views, but ensured any changes were made in a calculated and calm manner – rather than making knee-jerk reactions.

In his first summer spending spree, he added experience, pace and youthful exuberance to his playing squad. Emmanuel Petit and Marc Overmars joined Nicolas Anelka, who had arrived a few months previously, and alongside Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp, they added some continental flair to proceedings in north London.


Career Honours
Ligue 1 (1987/88)
Coupe de France (1990/91)
Emperor’s Cup (1995)
J League Manager of the Year (1995)​
Japanese Super Cup (1996)
Premier League (1997/98, 2001/02, 2003/04)
FA Cup (1997/98, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2016/17)
FA Community Shield (1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2014, 2015, 2017)
​LMA Manager of the Year (2001/02, 2003/04)

The result? Arsenal won the league and cup double – winning nine consecutive games towards the back end of the season to overhaul Manchester United, despite trailing by 11 points by the end of February.

Much of his side’s success was down to those signings. In central midfield, Petit and Vieira were a formidable partnership who provided the perfect screen in front of defence, while the pace of Overmars and Anelka, alongside the guile and wizardry of Bergkamp, ensured Arsenal were lethal on the counter-attack.

Nicolas Anelka

Success was harder to come by in the proceeding seasons, with narrow defeat in the 1998/99 title race followed by two seasons of ​Premier League ‘woe’. The Gunners finished runners-up on both occasions, but the ten and 18-point gaps to Manchester United indicated just how far away Wenger’s side were from the Red Devils.

Arsenal were also defeated by Galatasaray in the 2000 UEFA Cup final, one of only two European finals that Wenger would reach with the club – the other being the 2006 Champions League final, which they also lost.

But things would change as Wenger began to the get best out of Thierry Henry. The Frenchman 

had already shown his enormous potential, transitioning from a nippy left-winger into one of the Premier League’s most feared frontmen.

But during the 2001/02 season, he became the man. 32 goals that season in all competitions fired Wenger’s Gunners to a second league and cup double in four seasons. His devastating pace complemented Arsenal’s slick passing style, seamlessly transitioning the ball from back-to-front – keeping the ball grounded as often as possible.


Teams Managed Years
Nancy 1984-1987
AS Monaco 1987-1994
Nagoya Grampus Eight 1995-1996 
Arsenal ​1996-2018

Wenger’s crowning glory was still to come, though, with the 2003/04 Premier League season cementing his legacy as one of the greatest managers to ever step foot on the touchline. 

His side would remain unbeaten in their 38 games played, showing mental fortitude and character to fightback from the brink time and time again. The accomplishment, which has yet to be repeated in English football, had only been achieved by Preston North End, some 115 years before.

Not only had Wenger achieved the unthinkable, he had done so with minimal tinkering to his playing squad. Instead, he had instilled a belief and a resilience into his current crop of players that nobody could beat them. His hands-on approach to training ensured tactical familiarity was embedded within their minds, with his determination and indomitable spirit pulsing through their veins. 

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“He’s out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.” Arsene Wenger on Jose Mourinho.


Though this season would be Wenger’s peak at Arsenal, it was by no means his last act in north London. Year after year, he stuck to his principles – resistant to change his mentality and philosophy, despite the successes of cash rich Chelsea and the ongoing Sir Alex Ferguson juggernaut at Manchester United.

During this barren spell, Wenger became embroiled in several high-profile feuds with his managerial adversaries, as his once iron fisted grip of things began to waver.

He had long since clashed with Ferguson, but now he was at war with Jose Mourinho – who dubbed him at a ‘specialist in failure’ after years of coming up short when it really mattered. He would occasionally lose his cool on the touchline and in press conferences, a far cry from the calm and assured demeanour that Wenger had displayed during his first six or seven years at the club.

He also found it difficult to keep world class players at the club. Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri are just three examples of sublime talents who, under the guidance of the Frenchman, had flown the Arsenal nest to go elsewhere to win silverware.

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Throughout the initial dark days, Wenger maintained support from the majority of those at the club. The moniker ‘In Arsene We Trust’ proudly displayed on banners around the Emirates Stadium as Wenger stayed true to himself and his identity.

One thing he always did was stand by his players, shouldering the responsibility when things went wrong. But as the years dragged on, things continued to go wrong – with fast starts in the league often leading to embarrassing collapses.

As a result, his posture began to sag under the weight of expectation and his hands were often tied. The club no longer wanted to invest in the playing staff, with Wenger doing the best he could with the limited (in comparison to the likes of Manchester City) resources at his disposal. He became somewhat of an FA Cup specialist during his last few years in charge, winning three finals in four seasons between 2014 and 2017.

But the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade soon spoke for the majority of the club’s fanbase, and in 2018, the mounting pressure finally told. After 22 years and an astounding 1,235 games, he announced he would depart, with an immediate outpouring of love and affection showing exactly what he means to Arsenal, as well as the wider footballing world.

Yes, the Gunners were, and are, a shadow of their former selves. But because of Wenger, the club has a footballing identity. They have history, they have prestige and are still well regarded as one of the biggest clubs in European football, despite their 15-year run without a Premier League crown.

That’s all because of one man. That’s all because of Arsene Wenger.


Number 50: Marcelo Bielsa – El Loco’s Journey From Argentina to Footballing Immortality in Europe

Number 49: Vic Buckingham – How an Englishman Discovered Johan Cruyff & Pioneered Total Football

Number 48: Claudio Ranieri: A Ridiculed Tinkerman Who Masterminded One of Football’s Greatest Ever Achievements

Number 47: Bill Nicholson: Mr Tottenham Hotspur, the First Double Winning Manager of the 20th Century

Number 46: Sven-Goran Eriksson: The Scudetto Winning Shagger Who Never Solved the Lampard-Gerrard Conundrum

Number 45: Sir Alf Ramsey: The Man Behind the ‘Wingless Wonders’ & England’s Sole World Cup Triumph

Number 44: Antonio Conte: An Astute Tactician Whose Perfectionist Philosophy Reinvented the 3-5-2 Wheel

Number 43: Kenny Dalglish: The Beacon of Light in Liverpool’s Darkest Hour

Number 42: Massimiliano Allegri: The Masterful Tactician Who Won Serie A Five Times in a Row

Number 41: Sir Bobby Robson: A Footballing Colossus Whose Fighting Spirit Ensured an Immortal Legacy

Number 40: Luis Aragones: Spain’s Most Important Manager, the Atleti Rock and the Modern Father of Tiki-Taka

Number 39: Herbert Chapman: One of Football’s Great Innovators & Mastermind Behind the ‘W-M’ Formation

Number 38: Carlos Alberto Parreira: The International Specialist Who Never Shied Away From a Challenge

Number 37: Franz Beckenbauer: The German Giant Whose Playing Career Overshadowed His Managerial Genius

Number 36: Viktor Maslov: Soviet Pioneer of the 4-4-2 & the Innovator of Pressing

Number 35: Rafa Benitez: The Conquerer of La Liga Who Masterminded That Comeback in Istanbul

Number 34: Zinedine Zidane: Cataloguing the Frenchman’s Transition From Midfield Magician to Managerial Maestro

Number 33: Luiz Felipe Scolari: How the Enigmatic ‘Big Phil’ Succeeded as Much as He Failed on the Big Stage

Number 32: Jupp Heynckes: The Legendary Manager Who Masterminded ‘the Greatest Bayern Side Ever’

Number 31: Vicente del Bosque: The Unluckiest Manager in the World Who Led Spain to Immortality


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Arsenal Fantasy Football: Every Gunners Player’s Price in 2019/20 Game Revealed

The Premier League’s official fantasy football game is back up and running, so it’s time to get busy making your drafts before settling on one when the season kicks off in August, and then instantly regretting your choices after the first gameweek.

There are plenty of options to consider and there’ll undoubtedly be plenty of chopping and changing before we get up and running, but which players should you be looking at?

Here’s the lowdown on Arsenal’s current crop of fantasy options with their new prices. 


Goalkeepers

Bernd Leno

Bernd Leno (£5.0) – A solid campaign last season means his price hasn’t changed and could be a bargain pick-up if Arsenal could improve their defence.

Emiliano Martínez (£4.5) – Will rotate in for two or three games throughout the season when Leno is unavailable. 


Defenders

Hector Bellerin

Héctor Bellerín (£5.5) – An injury-hit season last time out for the Spaniard, but if he puts in good performances when he returns, Arsenal should have greater attacking output. 

Shkodran Mustafi (£5.5) – A starter for the Gunners despite a catalogue of errors last season, but his performances do not warrant a selection in your fantasy team.

Sead Kolašinac (£5.5) – A great attacking threat but a poor defensive presence means it is difficult to select the Bosnian at such a steep price, despite being Arsenal’s best point-scoring defender. 

Sokratis Papastathopoulos (£5.0) – A rock at the back but doesn’t offer much at set-pieces so his points rely solely on clean sheets – an Achilles heel for Arsenal.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (£5.0) – A great replacement for the injured Bellerín last season, the Englishman can also play in midfield and muster up more points at a relatively low price.

Emerson,Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Laurent Koscielny (£5.0) – The ageing captain still plays a big role for ​Arsenal but his future is up in the air so it would be wise to not put him in your squad at the moment.

Nacho Monreal (£5.0) – Capable of playing at centre-back and left-back, Monreal is a dependable squad member but his lack of numbers makes him unsuitable for Fantasy ​Premier League.

Rob Holding (£4.5) – If he returns from his devastating injury as the player he was before, he would be a sure-fire for a starting berth and would sure up the leaky defence at Arsenal. 

Konstantinos Mavropanos (£4.5) – The Greek young centre-back will likely only see game time if there are injuries to the starters.

Carl Jenkinson (£4.5) – Really?


Midfielders

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Mesut Özil (£7.5) – The enigmatic German had a difficult time under Unai Emery last season as the once-great assist king has failed to adapt to the new manager’s system.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£7.0) – Similar to Özil, the former Manchester United midfielder has been hit and miss for the Gunners and has been unable to secure a starting spot under Emery.

Alex Iwobi (£6.0) – The highest scoring midfielder for the Gunners with a measly haul of 99 points shows how poor Arsenal have been in midfield. The Nigerian was a good performer mostly coming off the bench and it looks like he will play a similar role this campaign.

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Granit Xhaka (£5.5) –  No doubt the Swiss international has talent, but he has been unable to prove it in the Premier League. As the resident set-piece taker for Arsenal, he only managed to attain a disappointing tally of two assists encapsulating his struggles.   

Lucas Torreira (£5.0) – A great destroyer and good passer but his specialties are not rewarded in Fantasy Football hence the low price.

Mattéo Guendouzi (£4.5) – The midfielder is great at controlling play but like Torreira, he will not be able to attain a lot of points because of his style of play.

Mohamed Elneny (£4.5) – See above.


Forwards

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0) – Joint Premier League Golden Boot winner, Aubameyang was one of the shining lights as he proved why he is one of the most lethal strikers in the game and will repay your investment with at least 20 goals.

Alexandre Lacazette (£9.5) – Only ​Aubameyang managed more points than ​Lacazette for Arsenal last season, highlighting how crucial the Frenchman is to the side whether that is by scoring or creating goals.

Eddie Nketiah (£4.5) – Could be a very good substitute as he will likely see more game time this season especially if either Aubameyang or Lacazette sustain injuries.


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50 Most Iconic Football Shirts of All Time

For football fans across the world, a team shirt is not just an item of clothing worn by eleven players during a match, but a symbol of the team itself. ​

Having previously given a run-down of the ​50 worst football shirts at 90min, we take a trip down memory lane to look back at the most iconic shirts to have graced the beautiful game. 

A singular rule applies to this list: a maximum of two shirts per club and one per country.

Let the countdown begin. 


50) Getafe – 2009/10 ​


We kick things off with a kit that is downright hilarious on so many levels. Fast food and football are not exactly synonymous, but Getafe didn’t let that bother them as they chose Burger King as their main shirt sponsor. 


49) Bolton – 2005/06 

Kevin Davies

​This kit may not be one that will be remembered by many, but is certainly worthy of a mention given the success that Bolton, featuring the legendary Jay-Jay Okocha, enjoyed in the 2005/06 season. 

After a sixth place finish the previous season, Sam Allardyce guided his side to the round of 32 of the UEFA Cup, where they were knocked out by Marseille, with a young Franck Ribery scoring the winner. 


48) Rayo Vallecano – 2015/16​

Now this is a shirt that deserves to stand the test of time given the commendable statement Rayo made by including a rainbow strip on their away shirt in an effort to promote and support LGBT rights. 

The diagonal rainbow stripe also fits in really well on a black background. Props to Vallecano.


47) Celtic – 1984/85


Though this season was not as successful in comparison to many others in Celtic’s illustrious history, it is one of the finer club strips to have been made. 

The 100th Scottish Cup Final inscription, which The Bhoys won against Dundee United, is a nice vintage touch too. 


46) Everton – 1984/85

Graham Sharpe and Paul McGrath

This was the golden era for the Toffees as the men from the blue half of Merseyside won the league and European cup double that season. 

What a kit to do it in too! What happened to white socks with hoops? They need to be 

re-instated to modern kits urgently.


45) Romania – 1998 ​


A kit that wouldn’t immediately rack your brain should you see it as a stand-alone shirt, it played a key role in one of football’s most bizarre fashion statements. 

Why on earth the entire Romanian team went for a bleach-blond Britpop look, like they had all simultaneously discovered Oasis for the first time, remains a confusing mystery. 


44) FC Porto – 2003/04

Michel Salgado,Hugo Miguel Pereira Almeida

A kit design that doesn’t get many mentions because all the focus from Porto’s Champions League tends to be on a certain Jose Mourinho, nowadays known as The Sacked After Three Seasons One. 

A beautifully simple number that begs the question: What happened to regular colour schemes on modern football shirts?


43) Spain – 2010 


The fact that Spain’s national anthem doesn’t have any words is unimportant for it was their players who struck fear into the opposition before kick-off. 

A star-studded team featuring the likes of Iniesta, Xavi and Fernando Torres in their prime were no match for anyone else, as they won European Championships in 2008 and 2012 as well as the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 


42) Mexico – 1994 

Jorge Campos

This one is just a belter all around. Realistically, the goalkeeper kit could be a stand-alone feature here. Jorge Campos’ jersey is the sort of wavy garm that attracts tourists to Camden Town like bees to honey. 


41) Fulham – 2009/10

Clint Dempsey

Fulham beat some seriously good teams in this outfit. 

On their run to the Europa League final, they beat the previous season’s Bundesliga winners Wolfsburg and Juventus. That’s right. *Fulham* beat *Juventus*. Not bad for a team that’s crashed back down to Championship mediocrity a decade later. 


40) Manchester City – 2011/12 

Manchester City's Argentinian striker Se

AGUEROOOOOO. 

A standard sky-blue City kit that became steeped in folklore instantaneously after a wild ending in stoppage time. A historic ​Premier League moment that will never be forgotten. 


39) Juventus – 2014/15 

Claudio Marchisio

Trademark Juve. The stripes of the Bianconeri have been all-conquering in Serie A for the best part of a decade. 

However, if you refer to our ​50 worst football shirts of all time, you will see that it is possible for black and white stripes to somehow go wrong. 


38) Borussia Dortmund – 2011/12 

Kevin Grosskreutz,Thomas Broeker

Dortmund were a fearsome proposition under Jurgen Klopp. The pace of Reus. The finish of Lewandowski. Hummels and Santana provided power and pace at the back. Fearsome. 

Bizarrely enough, the black-dotted scheme under a large but not too invasive EVONIK sponsor meant this shirt was a great sum of individual parts. 


37) Leicester – 2015/16

Wes Morgan

A simple kit but this was far from a simple season. 

It truly was a modern sporting miracle. After scraping Premier League survival the previous season, 5000/1 outsiders Leicester City proved that dreams can come true. An unforgettable fairytale. 


36) Croatia – 1998

Davor Suker

The man, the myth, the legend. Davor Suker.

Arguably one of the most underrated footballers of modern times, Suker won the Golden Boot at France 1998 to lead his country on a memorable run as they knocked out reigning European champions Germany en-route to the semi-finals. 


35) West Ham – 1980

David Cross

This is just pure brilliance from the good old Adidas days. 

Three stripes everywhere to be seen. Nothing overly complex, proving that simple can also mean suave on a football shirt. It is therefore fitting that the Hammers won the 1980 FA Cup in this kit. 


34) Chelsea – 2005/06 

Chelsea's Arjen Robben celebrates after

Here we see the ​recently retired Arjen Robben rocking one of the finer strips to grace Stamford Bridge. 

This is the shirt in which Chelsea secured back-to-back Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho. The old Umbro logo will be fondly missed. 


33) Leeds – 1995/96 

Tomas Brolin,David Beckham

The LUFC scripture here does it all. Superb innovation. 

The blue ‘Thistle Hotels’ sponsor perfectly complemented Leeds’ classic all-white jersey that deservedly stood the test of time. 


32) Nottingham Forest – 1978/79

Trevor Francis

These were the glory days for Clough and co. at Nottingham Forest. 

As the first player to be bought for £1m, Trevor Francis really must have felt like a million-dollar man in this stunning strip. 


31) Roma – 2007/08 

Francesco Totti

Who else could be featured in this photo other than Mr. Roma himself?

Francesco Totti may have only won one Scudetto at his boyhood club but his unparalleled loyalty is something every modern-day football fan can admire. 


30) Tottenham – 1994/95

Jurgen Klinsmann

The Lilywhites had a cracking selection of kits from 1994.

Their away strip deserved no less than to be worn by one of the greats. That luxury fell to German legend Jurgen Klinsmann after he was signed from Monaco. 


29) Argentina – 1994 

ARGENTINA V BULGARIA

It was a World Cup to forget for Argentina as they were dumped out in the last 16 by Romania.

However, the sight of Gabriel Batistuta in his classic no. 9 shirt is one that will live long in the memory. 


28) Inter – 2009/10

Inter Milan's Argentinian defender and c

This kit begs the question: Whatever happened to Inter’s famous blue and black stripes?

Led by the old war-horse Javier Zanetti, the Nerazzurri achieved an unprecedented treble in 2009/10, the only Italian side ever to do so. 


27) Bayern Munich – 1971-1973

This squad featured club legends Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller at their peak.

Muller’s 40 goals that season, his most in a single campaign as a ​Bayern player, propelled the Bavarians to their second Bundesliga title. 


26) Chelsea – 1984/85 

Kerry Dixon

This stripy blue affair was a dashing item that came at a fitting time after Chelsea were promoted back to the First Division in 1984. 

The old ‘Le Coq Sportif’ logo on the chest of a fresh-faced Kerry Dixon is certainly a sight to behold. 


25) PSG – 1995/96

Carsten Jancker of Vienna falls over Paul Le Guen of Saint-Germain

These were the days before PSG spent more money on transfers than loaded tourists in Gucci on the Champs-Élysées. 

However, Les Rouges et Bleu still found success in this tricolore-like strip, winning the 1996 Cup Winners’ Cup. 


24) Juventus – 1996/97 

Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus (left) is congratualted by teammate Alen Boksic

This shirt advertises Mini Discs. “What are they?!”, I hear the younger readers among you cry. Surely you’ll recognise a certain Alessandro Del Piero though? 

It does not get more 90s than Mini Discs. Lest we forget those tiny hallowed relics. 


23) Cameroon – 1990

Roger Milla

Cameroon and Roger Milla, coming out of retirement aged 38, shocked the world in 1990. 

The Indomitable Lions beat world champions Argentina en route to the quarter-finals, where they narrowly lost to England thanks to two Gary Lineker penalties. 


22) AFC Wimbledon – 1987/88

Laurie Cunningham of Wimbledon

If Carlsberg did football shirts, they’d probably be the coolest in the world. 

This shirt is a fitting symbol for the Crazy Gang who might have been more hectic than the intro to Quantum Jump’s ‘The Lone Ranger’. If you don’t already get that reference, put the song on and you’ll immediately see what I mean. 


21) Manchester United – 2007/08

Wayne Rooney,Cristiano Ronaldo,Michael Carrick

This was potentially Sir Alex Ferguson’s finest time as ​Manchester United boss, as he staved off heavy investment from Chelsea to win three successive Premier League titles and a Champions League. 

This was the Rooney and Ronaldo partnership at its potent peak. The photobomb from 

Park Ji-Sung above gets a ten for effort, too. 


20) Blackburn Rovers – 1994/95

BLACKBURN V SO''TON

The previous generation’s Leicester City story, Blackburn Rovers sent shockwaves across the land when they pipped Manchester United to the title by a point. 

Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton formed a scintillating strike-force, scoring 49 goals between them to propel Rovers to Premier League glory. 


19) Newcastle United – 1981/82


If you need a reminder of how much football can impact a city, look no further than Newcastle United’s 1981/82 shirt. 

Featuring the city’s Tyne Bridge landmark inside a star on a kit that has black and white stripes was an audacious move but it certainly looked the part!


18) Arsenal – 1991/92

Gordan Cowans of Aston Villa and Paul Merson of Arsenal

Our next one is certainly the Marmite of football kits. 

Many of you will love it, many of you will hate it, but all of you have an opinion on Arsenal’s 

so-called ‘bruised banana’ away strip that was worn by the Gunners in 1991. 


17) Milan – 2002/03

Fussball: CL 02/03, Ajax Amsterdam - AC Mailand 0:0

A great kit for Milan in 2002/03, which they made the most of by winning the Champions League that year, defeating Juventus on penalties at Old Trafford. 

Alessandro Nesta and Paolo Maldini must surely be regarded as one of the best centre-back pairings of all-time, too. 


16) Tottenham – 1994/95

SPURS V SHEFF WED

As mentioned above, Spurs had a seriously tasty selection of kits for the 1994/95 season.

The shirt almost led ​Tottenham to glory but they were knocked out of the FA Cup at the 

semi-final stage in a humbling 4-1 loss to Everton. 


15) France – 1998 

French player Zinedine Zidane (C), holdi

The World Cup in France 1998 was the Zinedine Zidane show, which he ran, directed and produced from midfield. 

His two headers in the final helped France claim victory against a vaunted Brazil side to win their maiden World Cup on home turf. Zizou truly was unplayable on his day. 


14) Liverpool – 2004-2006

Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard holds

Steven Gerrard led ​Liverpool to two of the most unlikely comebacks in their history to win the Champions League and FA Cup in this classic Carlsberg kit. 

His strike in the 2006 FA Cup final to level the score just as five minutes of injury time were announced is one that will be cherished by the Kop forevermore. 


13) Barcelona – 1998-2000

FUSSBALL: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 98/99 FC BARCELONA

Rivaldo at his peak in go-fast red and blue stripes is all that’s needed for the inclusion of this kit.

The Brazilian forward’s presence at the Camp Nou for five years made this jersey unforgettable. Unfortunately, he was never quite the same player after an unsuccessful stint at Milan. 


12) The Netherlands – 1988

MANNSCHAFT HOLLAND mit dem EM-POKAL 1988;

The Netherlands made total football a joy to watch on their way to winning Euro 1988. 

Gullit. Van Basten. Rijkaard. Koeman. An eye-catching list of names that lived up to their billing with their on-field performances whilst somehow wearing three different shades of orange. 


11) Napoli – 1986/87 

Fussball: Freundschaftsspiel 1987, HSV - SSC Neapel

So impactful was Diego Maradona at Napoli that his no.10 is now retired at the club. 

Throughout an illustrious career, it is perhaps his spell in Naples that will evoke the most lucid memories, as the Argentine legend scored 81 goals in 188 appearances for the club. 


10) Nigeria – 2018 

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Our top ten kicks off with a kit that would be described as an instant post-modern classic were it a Waterstones book review. 

Taking inspiration from past designs, this electric green Nigeria shirt from last year’s World Cup was, understandably, an instant hit with football fans across the globe. 


9) West Germany – 1990

DEU: World Cup Final 1990 - Argentina v Germany

This one won’t be popular with England fans but, whatever your allegiance, you have to tip your hat to the Warhol-esque design of this kit. It’s shimmering, smart and snazzy but most of all, it is a statement. 

The goalkeeper kit is worth a mention too, bearing a close resemblance to the kaleidoscope effect on Photo Booth that makes you feel like you’re in an alternate reality. 


8) Real Madrid – 2001-2003 

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The Galactico era. Zidane, Figo and Ronaldo in the same team? Almost unsportsmanlike. 

Importantly, Zidane made the most of the excellent players around him with one of the greatest strikes of the 21st century so far, to secure ​Los Blancos’ ninth European Cup at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen. 


7) Barcelona – 2004-2006 

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Ronaldinho

The Galacticos give way to the sexy samba magic of Ronaldinho. This man made David Seaman, one of England’s greatest ever goalkeepers, look like a sub-par Sunday League player with a game-altering free-kick at the World Cup in 2002.  

The ​Blaugrana won back-to-back league titles and the 2005/06 Champions League, meaning this shirt will always be associated with Ronaldinho’s sumptuously skillful talent. 


6) Liverpool – 1987/88

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*You can’t go slow or fast but do it at the right time*. Here is the legendary John Barnes putting his lyrics into action in an even more legendary kit that was one of football’s most recognisable partnerships. 

With Crown Paints as their sponsor between 1982 and 1988, Liverpool dominated the English game, winning four league titles, an FA Cup and a European Cup. 


5) Arsenal – 2002-2004 

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Records were broken and history was made. So impressive was this ​Arsenal side that such heights may never be reached again in the Premier League. After all, the last team to go a season unbeaten before the Gunners in 2004 were Preston North End, in 1889. 

When Thierry Henry pulled his trademark Nike gloves on, with long sleeves to boot, you knew the game was over if he was in the mood. 


4) Manchester United – 1993-1995 

Apart from the fact that this shirt featured in one of the most ugly moments ever to have graced English football, when Eric Cantona launched a kung-fu kick at Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons, who hurled abuse at the Frenchman after he was sent off for a reckless tackle.

The incident aside, it was a wonderful strip that Manchester United fans will have fond memories of, as the Red Devils won the double in 1993/94. 


3) Brazil – 1970 

Two legends of football celebrating a World Cup win in a plain, yet impactful kit. The kit made such an impression, for it was worn by a team that Pele himself has labelled as the greatest team of all time. 

It is difficult to contest that statement, the team containing an unrivalled attacking quartet of Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao and Rivellino. 


2) Italy – 1990

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The 1990 World Cup was widely criticised for the negative defensive mindset that many teams employed which led to an average of only two goals per game, yet it is a tournament that many will still vividly remember. 

However, the Italians inspired a generation with their fast, flowing and flamboyant attacking play. The Azzurri’s success on home turf led to an unseen level of interest in the Italian game for the next decade. 


1) England – 1966 

Ray Wilson,Jack Charlton,Bobby Charlton

Could it really have been anything else to top the list? 

In a list of iconic kits that showcase and complement equally iconic moments, it is only fair that England’s World Cup triumph of 1966 takes the coveted number one spot.

Now more than 50 years of hurt for English fans, which would have been 12 months of joy you wouldn’t have been able to avoid. If only ​Harry Kane had scored a sitter at 1-0. What could have been…

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Arsenal Targets: Comparing the Gunners’ Rumoured Forward Options This Summer

​Having been linked with the downright bizarre to the unfathomably unlikely, whatever transpires this window, Unai Emery will definitely be bringing in at least one forward this summer.

Blessed with the wondrous talents of Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan last season (that’s a joke), Arsenal’s most potent winger turned out to be their striker and top scorer in the end.

With all due respect, the club is crying out for some talent in wide areas. Thus, as a result, every man and his dog has been linked with a move to north London for fees stretching from the piddly to the prodigious.

So here are a few of the forwards who’ve been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this season, and how viable their proposed transfers may be.


Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha

What He’ll Bring: Flair, creativity, cutting edge, excitement and he isn’t Alex Iwobi. There’s no doubting ​Zaha‘s talents, quite regularly revered as the best player outside the ‘top six’ and a threat to any side in the country at any point – he’ll bring a wealth of skill and gusto to an already decent forward line.

Pros: Huge experience of the ​Premier League means no need to adapt, similarly it’s just north of the Thames so there would be no reason why he shouldn’t hit the ground running. Blessed with pace and technique, on top form there are few teams in Europe he wouldn’t improve. Also, supposedly he’s a ‘boyhood’ ​Arsenal fan, which is always questionable, I mean, so was Harry Kane…

Cons: He’s gonna cost an absolute fortune. Also, he’s partial to a cheeky dive or two. Nobody really likes that.

Likelihood: Unless BIG money comes in, 2/10

Cost: £80m


Lucas Vázquez

Lucas Vazquez

What He’ll Bring: Plenty of experience of a different league, as well as knowledge, having been coached by some of the very best. He’s won ​Champions Leagues so will add some much-needed winning mentality into the side.

Pros: Plays for ​Real Madrid so, like, has to be good right? I mean, Paris Saint-Germain, ​Inter and ​Bayern Munich have all asked about the Spaniard so there’s definitely some talent there, no? 30+ league outings for the last three seasons is not to be scoffed at, so fitness and energy should come in abundance.

Cons: The thing is right, is he actually any good? He’s scored a measly 11 ​La Liga goals in 122 appearances, which is really pretty awful when you consider the calibre of player he’s had alongside him. Furthermore, if you were to be kind and claim he’s more of a creative winger, then you would hope for more than three assists last term. Besides, he can’t get a game for the national side. Has ‘Spanish Theo Walcott’ written all over him, in my opinion.

Likelihood: If the recent rumours are true, at least a 7/10

Cost: £31m


Nabil Fekir

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What He’ll Bring: A dodgy knee.

But aside from that, you would hope the form of 2017/18 and not 2018/19. Although, that said, it’s a bit harsh to say so because last season was by no means a poor one on his behalf – it’s just that the season before he was unplayable. He can play across the front line which is also very helpful, and might teach ​Mesut Ozil a thing or two about work rate.

Pros: Creativity both from wide areas and through the middle, where he prefers, and also a native French speaker too, so that link-up with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should ignite straight off the bat.

Cons: A dodgy knee.

Likelihood: Given the other targets and how quickly they’re developing, not much. 3/10

Cost: £30m


Malcom

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What He’ll Bring: Similar to Zaha, Malcom would bring some much-needed flair and trickery to an Arsenal side that dazzle at times with their passing, but rarely get fans off their seats with individual brilliance. His style and approach are most definitely Brazilian, and the addition of a winger in that mould could get supporters purring.

Pros: He loves taking his man on, possessing the kind of confidence that abandons Arsenal away from home. That one-on-one ability is a welcome attribute, however, his creativity in attacking transitions could arguably be his best feature. Frighteningly quick, the 22-year-old is an excellent passer of the ball when running at speed, meaning counter-attacks are a specialty of his.

Cons: Yeah, so its all well and good saying that, however, all of the above seemingly went missing last season. Granted, the move to ​Barcelona seems to have been too big of a step, but he has flopped somewhat dramatically since heading to Spain. Fears he may be a one-season wonder have bubbled to the surface.

Likelihood: Unless there’s a loan with an option to buy deal, slim. 2/10

Cost: £36m


Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser

What He’ll Bring: Industry, and bags of it. While he may be small, Fraser certainly has a lot of fight about him. He covers every blade of grass and is the definition of a workhorse, which, oh dear lord, Arsenal lacked so much last season away from home. Sloppy showings that lacked any real heart on the road were the bane of every Gunners fans’ lives. Fraser won’t go hiding away at Brighton.

Pros: Assists, assists and more assists. 17 to be exact, which is a hell of a figure for a player whose side finished 14th in the league. With him in the side it comes as no surprise that ​Bournemouth scored the most goals outside the ‘top six’ though, such was Fraser’s influence. The Scotsman also bagged himself seven goals, as if the rest wasn’t enough.

Cons: It’s hard to think of many, in all honesty. Sure, he’s not a headline-grabbing name that will have Arsenal fans screaming, ‘Oh yes we’re definitely sealing Champions League football next season!!’, but that doesn’t mean he won’t deliver on the pitch. Can’t see where this is a bad move, maybe just that he’s only come good last season? 

Likelihood: The deal has apparently been brought back from the dead, so there’s a sniff of a chance. 5/10

Cost: £20m

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