After 20 years, Arsenal and Nike ended a long, fruitful club/supplier partnership. Now, Arsenal have entered into a new era with Puma, and yesterday they made that switch a tangible one as they revealed their new kits for the upcoming season.
Although the Gunners may have a new manufacturer, the general design of a club steeped in as much tradition as Arsenal shouldn’t be messed with, and Puma has stuck to the design that Arsenal’s group of supporters worldwide have gotten used to: Red shirts with white sleeves, white shorts, and white socks with hoops. The main difference is that the white on the sleeves starts out as a thick white stripe on the shoulders before widening out to cover the entire sleeves. In addition, there is red trim and the end of the sleeves and white trim on the body of the shirt.
Puma decided to also keep tradition in mind for Arsenal’s secondary kit. AFC have a long history of wearing yellow shirts with blue shorts as an away kit, even as recently as just last season. They’ll be wearing yellow and blue again in 2014-15, but Puma decided to put their own spin on things. Instead of a yellow and royal blue scheme, the yellow is a bit darker and the blue is a clear navy blue.
In addition, the sleeves are navy blue, which marks the first time that they’ve done this since 2008-09. Also, that design is very similar to the home kit, which is interesting considering that you don’t normally see similarities like this between a home kit and a clash kit in soccer.
There’s also a 3rd kit involved, which looks nothing like the home or away kit, and it’s something that we’ll probably see for a random European match at some point. The 3rd kit is mostly dark blue with thick light blue diagonal stripes going across the body of the shirt, and light green trim. I’m sure that Seattle Seahawk fans who are also Arsenal supporters might be glad to see this.