Condition: 8/10 Excellent. Tiny mark on the lower side. Light wear to the rear 'Gunners' motif.
Size: Adults Large
Chest Measurement: 42-44 Inches / 105-112 CM
Colour: Red, black & white trim
Seasons: 1996/1997 & 1997/1998
Player: Paul Merson
Official Nike Arsenal home football shirt from the 1996/97 season. Complete with Merson #9 on the back of the shirt in official, original lettering.
Condition of this vintage football shirt is 8/10 – Excellent. Tiny mark on the lower side. Light wear to the rear 'Gunners' motif. (see photos).
All size and manufacturers labels present (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.
In 1995–96, Merson remained a regular first team player under Arsenal's new manager Bruce Rioch and continued to play regularly during the 1996–97 season following the appointment of Arsène Wenger.
In a somewhat surprising move, at the end of the 1996–97 Premiership campaign, in which Arsenal finished third, Merson was sold to relegated Middlesbrough in a £4.5million deal – making him the most expensive player ever signed by a non-Premiership club. Wenger had offered Merson a new two-year contract, but Merson elected to join Boro for a longer contract. Merson played 423 times for Arsenal and scored 99 goals in all competitions.
In 2008, Merson was ranked the 26th greatest Arsenal player of all-time in a fan poll published by the club's official website.