Every fan has a favourite football kit, just like they have a player they consider to be the greatest.
And so talkSPORT.com decided to ask its finest minds about theirs as part of a new series, beginning with Sports Breakfast co-host Laura Woods.
My Greatest: Kit – Arsenal 1996 goalkeeper jersey
The one that comes to mind is David Seaman’s Arsenal JVC yellow one as that’s my team. I was once bought it for Christmas and the reason is because my brothers liked to put me in goal – their thing was convincing me I was a good goalkeeper, so they didn’t have to go in goal. I actually used to run around the house and sign my name ‘Laura Woods Safe Hands’!
My Greatest: Game – France vs Brazil, 1998 World Cup final
I don’t know why, but the 1998 World Cup final, more than others, always stands out for me.
I watched it at my parent’s friend’s house and the colours of that tournament were absolutely incredible and so were the players.
When I was younger, everybody was in a trance with Brazil about their entertaining football and the players like Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, who all stood out. The game was packed with all these great characters and personalities – Zidane scored twice for France and Emmanuel Petit scored the other. Being an Arsenal fan, I was in love with Petit and his long hair, Patrick Vieira came off the bench and Henry, who hadn’t joined us yet, was an unused sub. It’s just a game I remember clearly.
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My Greatest: Player – Thierry Henry
I could pick a million, but funnily enough, one of the game changers for me and someone I used to watch a lot when I was younger was Ray Parlour. He scored in the 2002 FA Cup final against Chelsea in Cardiff and was just a character. He was almost the opposite of what a footballer is nowadays in that he had so much personality and, of course, we were both born in Romford – he is the ‘Romford Pele’.
But it will always be Thierry Henry for me. He just brought this class to Arsenal and was like a man playing football with a boys team in the way he appeared one step ahead of everyone else in the goals he scored, the ones he created. He wasn’t just a great Premier League imports, but a Premier League great full stop. He was at the top of his business.
My Greatest: Moment – Arsenal winning the league at White Hart Lane in 2004
I can’t really look beyond Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’, going the whole season unbeaten and winning the league at White Hart Lane. It was a 2-2 draw and whether or not you think that is glamorous, it is memorable and still hasn’t been done. Man City and Liverpool came close last season, but it’s such a difficult thing to achieve, though I do think it will eventually happen again.
My Greatest: Atmosphere – Millwall vs Everton, 2019
The thing about atmosphere is that it has to be fresh in the memory and the one that sticks out is last season at Millwall.
We [talkSPORT] went to the New Den and the gulf in difference in terms of money spent on the teams was huge and it felt like it was Everton’s to take. The minute we arrived I had goosebumps all over my body because of the sound from that crowd.
I don’t think it was a brilliant atmosphere, but there was something about the day that resonated. There was a wall of noise and the sound didn’t stop. I was sat next to Stuart Pearce and Sam Matterface with my headphones on and we couldn’t hear each other.
It was unbelievable and every now and then I took mine off because I wanted to take it all in and the way Millwall won with a last minute Murray Wallace goal made it a brilliant day and story.
He said: “There are so many players at Arsenal who need to leave the club this summer. It’s been too long since we’ve seen them compete for the title, and the only way they’ll do it is with an improved squad.
“But, they must continue with Emery, he is not the issue. The fact he reached a European final is big, as is the fact he’s done it with most of the players who are leftovers from the management of Arsene Wenger.
“The board just need to give him the power; he can’t continue next season with the same group of players.”
One man who Petit has singled out for criticism is German star Mesut Ozil, who has had an underwhelming campaign in 2018/19.
He continued: “What is going on with Ozil? He looks like a dead player on the pitch, a ghost. He’s lost in translation.
“It’s time now for Emery to turn the page. For me the pressure is on Arsenal to earn a Champions League place for next season. If they don’t beat Chelsea in Baku, this year will have been a failure.
“It’s fine to have an occasional bad season and end up in the Europa League, but Arsenal have been struggling to fight for the Champions League places for a while – they need to return to the level they were at before.”
Sarri’s system is showing numerous flaws and his insistence on refusing to change anything has led to calls he should be sacked as he is not suitable for the job.
The Italian is believed to retain the backing of the Chelsea board and many of his players, but given Arsenal and a resurgent Manchester United now sit ahead of them, the Blues face a real fight to qualify for next season’s Champions League by securing a top four finish.
Sarri has shown over the past couple of months that the pressure of being in charge of the Stamford Bridge club may be getting to him, and Petit believes the former Napoli boss is ‘losing the plot’ – much in the same way Mourinho did before his second spell as Chelsea manager came to an end with his December 2015 sacking
Speaking to https://news.paddypower.com, Petit said: “I understand that a manager has to stick with his views and opinions, even sometimes against his own players’ thinking – because maybe he’s right – but I’m sure that Sarri is very nervous.
“His body language in a recent press conference showed this, as did what he did with Guardiola on Sunday [not shaking his hand].
“Things like this shouldn’t happen, and when they do you show everyone – fans, journalists, players – that you’re losing the plot.
“It reminds me a bit of the dark times under Jose Mourinho.”
Chelsea have a tough run of fixtures coming up with two clashes against Malmo in the Europa League either side of next Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie with Manchester United.
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“I understand and I appreciate that – I respect it – but I think he has forgotten something very important: he doesn’t have to convince the press or the fans, he has to convince his players. And for the moment it’s difficult to believe his players are confident about the way they play and the way he wants them to play.
“What I saw on Sunday against Manchester City said it all: poor performances individually and collectively; no rage on the pitch; the body language.
“Sarri said himself he didn’t know whether or not he could motivate his team. In terms of communication, the last few weeks have been bad for him. What he did after the City game – not shaking Pep Guardiola’s hand – showed a lack of respect. So, I think he’s in big trouble mentally, and he’s in big trouble when it comes to showing his players he’s still the right man.
“Should Sarri be sacked right now? When Roman Abramovich feels the pressure like this, he doesn’t dwell on feelings, he just cuts down the tree.
“He did it with Jose Mourinho and he did it with Antonio Conte after winning the Premier League, so he will have no emotion about doing the same with Sarri.
“If the next result is a bad result, that could be the last game for him.”
Emmanuel Petit: World champion, League and Cup double winner and… aid to Sun Hill’s finest.
The Arsenal and France midfielder was drafted in by TV’s busiest police force to help Laura, a Gooner and Petit’s ‘biggest fan’, recover after she was the victim of a hit and run accident in a 1998 Christmas special of The Bill, a long running British police drama.
What a nice guy.
Having played for Arsene Wenger at Monaco, Petit joined his compatriot at Arsenal in 1997. A defender in France, Wenger used him in midfield and eventually worked in tandem with Patrick Vieira.
He left the Premier League in 2000 for Barcelona, but spent just a season in Spain before returning to London, signing for Chelsea this time.
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