Condition: 8/10 Excellent. Some wear to rear ‘Gunners’ motif
Size: Adults Large
Chest Measurement: 42-44 Inches / 105-112 CM
Colour: Red, white trim
Player: Patrick Vieira
Patches: Premier League
Official Nike Arsenal home long sleeve football shirt from the 1996/97 season. Complete with Vieira #4 on the back of the shirt in original lettering, and Premier League patches on the sleeves.
The 1996/97 season was the last campaign that did not feature standardised Premier League lettering.
Condition of this original football shirt is 8/10 – Excellent. Some wear to rear ‘Gunners’ motif (see photos).
Material is bright, vivid and smooth. All names, numbers and patches are all also in superb condition. Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collector or for framing.
On 10 August 1996, the Daily Mirror reported that Vieira was subject to a move to English club Arsenal, given personal terms with original suitors Ajax were not reached. He joined Arsenal four days later in a £3.5 million move. The peculiarity of Vieira and fellow Frenchman Rémi Garde arriving at the club, coupled with manager Bruce Rioch's dismissal before the season had begun, suggested that Arsenal was managed by exterior influence.
Vieira later revealed he signed for Arsenal because his compatriot Arsène Wenger was going to be the club’s next manager: "I am delighted to be joining Arsenal at the same time as Mr Wenger becomes their coach. Being able to speak French to him will make life a lot easier for me." Wenger was officially in command of managerial affairs at Arsenal by the start of October, but Vieira had already made his mark, coming on as a substitute against Sheffield Wednesday on 16 September 1996; The Times described him as a "thinking man's Carlton Palmer … who, at last, gives the Arsenal midfield some variety."
Vieira made his full debut against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, three days after. He scored his first goal for the club against Derby County on 8 December 1996 – a late equaliser in a 2–2 draw. His performances for Arsenal in the subsequent months made him a fans’ favourite and was lauded as "…the playmaker Arsenal have sought since Paul Davis pulled the strings in the 1991 championship-winning team." Davis himself noted that in the matches Vieira was suspended during the Christmas period, Arsenal struggled to win. He ended his first season with 38 appearances in total and Arsenal finished in third place, missing out on a spot in the UEFA Champions League via goal difference.
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