Tomorrow, July 1, sees the official launch of the new Arsenal home kit as the club return to adidas, 25 years after they last wore the three stripes.
Based on leaks, this is what the new home and goalkeeper strips look like and, in our view, the red and white kit trumps anything Puma did over the past five years. We particularly like the ‘AFC’ monogram, something which appeared on the first three adidas Arsenal kits, included on the socks this time.
You can relive all of the first Arsenal adidas era here:
Given the level of interest created by the speculation around the new kits and the likely attention given tomorrow, we thought it might be interesting to look back and contrast with the last time an Arsenal adidas home kit was launched.
You’ll be unsurprised to know that it was fairly low-key – a picture of Tony Adams on the front cover of the programme for the game against Liverpool on Easter Monday, 1992:
Inside the front cover, there was just a mention of the fact Adams was wearing the new strip as well as a promotion to be found in the programme.
Adams’ own notes made reference to the photo shoot, but little talk about the actual new shirt itself, which was quite a departure, given the red and navy flashes intruding on the white sleeves.
The aforementioned promotion was basically just a chance to see the leisurewear and the new goalkeeper shirt (nothing about the fact it was blue as Premier League officials would be wearing green).
No deep concepts about the design choices, no special meanings, no made-up colour names – how times have changed.