Premier League side Arsenal FC will continue its ’90s time warp in the 2022-23 season if leaked photos of their new kits are accurate.
Photos of all three of the club’s kits have emerged online in recent weeks, mainly thanks to Twitter user @semihkececioglu. The Turkish blogger has posted credible-looking photos of home, away and third kits for the Gunners in recent weeks.
The home kit maintains Arsenal’s traditional look a red shirt with white sleeves, but harkens back to the 1995-96 season with some of the details, including a zigzag pattern on the white polo collar and red underarm panels.
“ARSENAL” is printed on the back collar, with each letter given a 3D effect. This could be a nod to the giant concrete letters outside Emirates Stadium, where they play their home matches, which are not only decorative but also serve as a barrier against vehicle attacks.
Arsenal has had a few ’90s-inspired designs since switching from Puma to Adidas in 2019, including:
- their 2019-20 away kit, inspired by the “bruised banana” away kit from 1991 to 1993;
- their 2021-22 home kit, which bears similarities to their home kit from 1998 to 2000); and
- their 2021-22 third kit, inspired by their 1994-95 and 1995-96 away kits.
The 3D effect from the home kit back collar is writ large in the rumoured away kit. It’s predominantly black, with a tonal 3D pattern all over that spells “AFC” at various angles. The cannon from the club crest is isolated on the left chest, like it was with Arsenal’s 2021-22 away kit, and embroidered in gold. Other accents like sponsor logos are also gold, while the Adidas shoulder stripes are dark grey. The crew neck collar and sleeve cuffs are solid black.
For their third kit, it seems Arsenal are jumping on the pink bandwagon. The shirt is a light shade of pink, with a pattern of pips derived from the crests the club used between 1949 and 2002. The V-neck collar appears to be dark blue with lighter blue trim.
The so-called “Victoria Concordia Crescit” crest was retired in 2002, partly due to issues copyrighting it, and replaced with the current version.
All photos courtesy @semihkececioglu / Twitter