Most mashups are rooted in logic, and help to alleviate any confusion which may exist. Arsenal’s combination away to Sheffield Wednesday in the 2015-16 Capital One Cup did not tick that box.
While the Gunners have a history of wearing away shirts – usually yellow – against teams who don’t have red shirts, these changes were rooted in the need to avoid sleeve clashes or shorts clashes.
In recent times, the policy has been to wear a change kit in practically every away game, certainly in cups – though fixtures against Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are notable exceptions.
So it was that Arsenal decided the game at Hillsborough was a good opportunity to wear their third kit – described as anthracite with white, victory gold and capri breeze blue as trim colours.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that their kit had blue and white stripes on it against Wednesday’s blue and white stripes, the hosts’ black shorts and socks meant that Arsenal had to change those elements.
Had Arsenal had gold alternative shorts and socks, it mightn’t have been too bad, but the blue made for a terrible overall clash. The 3-0 defeat the Gunners suffered was exactly what they deserved.