This week Arsenal along with PUMA unveiled the new Arsenal Home kit for the 2017/2018 season. The press release was all around the focus on the fact that we are THE Arsenal, a club of tradition, of history and ultimately of class. Now you have seen the pictures on 50 websites, so instead of showing you the kit alone, I thought Id tell you five reason why I love it.
The launch with Robert Pires
There are many many past players for Arsenal that I love. Tony Adams (The player not the talker), Paul Merson, Martin Keown, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and the list goes on and on and on. And while Bergkamp and Henry are right near the top, Robert Pires was my favourite. He won the Football Writers award in 2002 as he was pivotal in the title campaign. He would be voted the sixth greatest gunner by the fans in a poll having picked up 284 appearances and 84 goals. Pires was one of the Arsenal stars at the launch of the new home kit and immediately thoughts of his brilliance swelled in my mind. Maybe he is keen for another run!
The White Sleeves
It was the arrival of manager Herbert Chapman, the ‘Great Innovator’, in 1925 that launched the Arsenal kit as we know it today. Depending on which source you believe, Chapman either noticed someone at the ground wearing a red sleeveless sweater over a white shirt or played golf with famous cartoonist of the day Tom Webster, who wore something similar. Either way, the ‘look’ inspired the manager to create a new strip combining a red shirt with white collar and sleeves. It also incorporated the Club badge, which was positioned on the left-hand side of the shirt. The Arsenal have worn white sleeves ever since and I love it when the sleeves are not messed with.
The Arsenal Crests down the side
In 2002, with the Emirates Stadium on the horizon and the Gunners consistently challenging for domestic and European honours, the Club believed it was the ideal time to introduce a new crest. The real PUMA feel to this kit comes from the miniature Arsenal crests down the sleeve which once again strikes with a touch of class.
The Darker Red
If you look closely at that Arsenal crest you will see that there are two reds in it. This year PUMA have gone with the darker side of the badge and it looks classy. Its not as dark as the farewell to Highbury but it looks flippen cool and I dig it! Well done.
The Cannon on the Neck
The Club’s famous cannon graphic appeared on the shirt for the first time in 1967. It was with this shirt that Arsenal won their first famous ‘double’, both the League Championship and the FA Cup in the 1970/71 season. This year marks 50 years since the Cannon first appeared on the Arsenal home kit. I have always loved the Cannon, to the degree that I almost made it my first and only tattoo a couple of years ago. That we are paying a small tribute to the Cannon on the neck at the back is epic and touched with the class!