Arsenal’s New Puma Kit – I’ve Ordered Mine, Have You?

Yesterday was a memorable day for Arsenal fans for many reasons. First we had the news that Alexis Sanchez was joining Arsenal for £35 million, and then we had the new Arsenal kit unveiling last night by Puma.

Say what you want about the drama and theatre surrounding the new kit launch, but I liked it. The video of Arsene Wenger introducing the “Arsenal kit trilogy” was cool and the new kits even have their own names.

Our home kit is called “Forever”, our away kit is called “Victorious” and our so called Cup kit is called “Future”. Obviously, Puma decided to use Arsenal’s 3 main Puma sponsored players the leading roles in the showpiece and the honour of showing off the new kit went to Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla. The casting of Olivier Giroud as the “Future” was a bit strange as he’s not exactly young, but then again neither are Arteta, Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky who also wears Puma boots.

Anyway, if somehow you’ve missed the video, you can see it here:

I’ve watched it a good few times now, just like a kid at Christmas.

My thoughts on the kit are that they are definitely different to the traditional Nike offerings we’ve had in the past. Nike, Adidas and Puma all follow the same kind of template for all of their football kits across the world and Puma have kept with their “muscle fit” or tight fitting template.

Initially, my concerns were that unless you’re a professional athlete or workout on a regular basis then the kit might look a bit strange, but apparently the replicas sold to the fans aren’t as cosy as the ones the Arsenal players will be wearing. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

The design of the kit itself I think looks good. It’s definitely more dynamic than previous kits and has an edge I feel. Whether that transmits to the pitch or not only time will tell. But initial feelings about it are good.

I, like thousands of other Arsenal fans I’d suspect, ordered the new kit online on the official Arsenal website. I must have purchased every shirt since the 1993 season (I’ve got a couple from 1989 and 1990) but 1993 was when I bought every home kit. Obviously I have a few away tops as well but you just can’t beat the red and white of Arsenal.

Obviously the name and number you have on the shirt is a big consideration – in previous seasons (starting from the most recent) I’ve had Podolski, Arteta, Van Persie, Fabregas (twice), Henry (a few times), Bergkamp, Reyes and Pires. So manly the attacking players.

But this season was a tough one. The only two really stand out names that I wanted were either Aaron Ramsey or Alexis Sanchez. If we didn’t sign Sanchez, then it would have been Ramsey all day long because he is by far the best player we have in the squad. But in the end, I gave in to the hysteria and went for Alexis 17.

I have no idea how long it will take to come from Arsenal Direct but I am going to try and go to the gym a few more times in the next couple of weeks so the shirt doesn’t look too bad!

So did you order the new kit? And which name did you go for?

Told You Alexis Sanchez Wasn’t Going To Join Arsenal

I’ve been saying all along that Alexis Sanchez wasn’t going to arrive at The Emirates, and tonight I have been completely surprised.

Arsenal have finally confirmed that they have secured the signature of Sanchez, who featured in this summers World Cup and scored against the hosts in Brazil but went out on penalties.

As usual, Arsenal have publicly said the fee is undisclosed but reports are saying the fee is around the £35 million mark. This should pave the way for Luis Suarez to move to the Camp Nou, which is good news for Liverpool’s rivals. Say what you want about Suarez, but he is a world class player who would make any team better – and Liverpool will miss him dearly.

Maybe I’ve just had too many long and depressing summers with Arsenal to believe that a player like Alexis Sanchez would join us. I firmly believed that the Mesut Özil signing last summer was a flash in the pan – partly a last minute buy because of the late sale of Gareth Bale to the European Champions. Did I think Özil’s signing was a well-planned signing? Not in a million years.

But the Sanchez deal seems like a signing which has planned well and executed with minimum fuss – which after the Higuain saga last summer is a pleasant surprise.

What does Sanchez joining Arsenal mean?

Well it means we have someone other than Olivier Giroud to lead the line. Sanchez has scored 39 goals in 88 appearances for Barcelona which is a decent return when you consider for a number of those games he was a substitute. At Arsenal, you would assume that he will be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Even though he’s coming to Arsenal, I am still a bit surprised at his arrival. I would have put Sanchez down as an Arsene Wenger signing.

I’ll admit that I don’t know a huge amount about him, if I’m honest. The first time I really noticed him on the big stage was when he scored 4 goals in a 7-0 win against Palermo for Udinese. And I remember his chip for Barcelona against Real Madrid. For Chile in the World Cup I thought he played okay, but nothing spectacular. Obviously I hope he makes me look stupid (which isn’t hard) and hits the ground running next season.

He’s only 25 which is a fantastic age for a player like him. He’s played for Udinese and Barcelona, so he clearly has experience at the top top level.

He has a lot of pace and when you consider an Arsenal that has Mesut Özil feeding Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez, then that is mouth-watering.

Hopefully this signing is just the beginning of an exciting summer for Arsenal fans.

I will try and be more positive from now on!

5 Reasons Why Mathieu Debuchy Is Not Coming To Arsenal

There are many reasons why Mathieu Debuchy isn’t coming to Arsenal, and below are the Top Five:

1. Super Secretive Arsenal (and Arsene)

Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are super, super secretive about transfers. How many people “In The Know” called the Mesut Özil transfer? Exactly.

There’s no doubt that Arsenal are out there trying to buy players, but you can be sure that no-one in the media know what business Arsenal are conducting.

2. The media just make up Arsenal stories

Because Arsene Wenger never gives anything away, the media make up transfer stories. If we believed the media over the last few seasons, we would have signed Marouane Fellaini, Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, Loic Remy, Angel Di Maria, Sami Khedira, Cesc Fabregas, Wayne Rooney, Stevan Jovetic, Lars Bender, Yohan Cabaye, Luiz Gustavo, Ashley Williams, Julio Cesar, Karim Benzema and Iker Casillas.

So maybe we should wait until any signings are confirmed by Arsenal.

3. Discrepancies in the “proposed deal”

According to reports, we’re signing the French right-back for £7.9 million and he is going to have a medical next week. But other “reports” are saying that it’s not for £7.9 million and we’re going to include either Carl Jenkinson or Joel Campbell as part of the deal.

For something that is a “dead cert”, there are certainly quite a few discrepancies in the proposed deal.

4. Social Media

The problem now is people get a sniff of a “deal” happening and suddenly it’s confirmed as actual news. Twitter is full of people ITK – if I believed everything I read then we’d now have Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy in Arsenal shirts. But wait…. they’re not.

5. Debuchy is “worth” more than £8 million

I personally don’t rate Debuchy and think Sagna is the better defender, but if Newcastle know Arsenal are interested in a player then surely the clever thing to do is value him at a higher price.

Newcastle know we “desperately” need a right back so selling Debuchy for a relatively low fee makes no sense.

I put “desperately” in quotation marks because I’ve always believed that the coming season was all about Carl Jenkinson. He has been patiently waiting for Bacary Sagna to leave and how he has. Arsenal fans underestimate the capabilities of Jenkinson and I personally think he’s ready for the big time, and I think Arsene believes that too.

Do Not Believe The Sanchez, Bender & Debuchy Rumours

If you read the newspapers and online reports, it would seem that Arsenal are nailed on to sign Mathieu Debuchy, Lars Bender and Alexis Sanchez.

But the fact is, we’re nowhere near to signing those players.

Arsenal are the only football club where the media have no idea what is going on. Arsene Wenger is probably the only manager who keeps his cards so close to his chest that they’re inside him (sorry, couldn’t come up with a better metaphor). My point is, Arsene and Arsenal are super secretive about transfers.

We heard all the media bullshit about Felliani, Higuain, Suarez and Bender arriving at The Emirates and how many of them joined Arsenal? Exactly.

That’s why the media are so desperate to have an Arsenal scoop. Arsenal need a new right back and midfielder? Then it’s got to be Debuchy and Bender. A forward? Then we’ll link Remy and Sanchez.

Second guessing Arsene usually proves to be futile. Last summer we desperately needed a centre forward, so we signed Mesut Özil. Remember when we signed Andrei Arshavin? We needed a defender in that January transfer window.

The best thing for Arsenal fans is to ignore all the rumours because that’s exactly what they are – rumours.

Every “report” I’ve seen on Arsenal transfers has lacked any quotes, details or information from a reliable source. You might as well pick a random player and he would have more chance at joining Arsenal.

And come to think of it, how many people called the Mesut Özil signing? Exactly.

And even when Gareth Bale finally signing to Real Madrid, most of the media told us it was Di Maria who was joining Arsenal!

Twitter is even worse – every Tom, Dick or Harry can be “In The Know” and make up some shite about Arsenal’s next signing. The problem is, Arsenal fans are so desperate for new arrivals that they will believe almost anything. If I made a list of players who were “definitely” joining Arsenal it would be as long as my arm.

Take my advice, sit back, relax and try and enjoy the summer.

Why Liverpool Fans Should Be Ashamed Of Themselves

Unless you’re living under a rock, you will have heard by now that FIFA have decided to ban Luis Suarez for all footballing activity for 4 months, and 9 International matches. This means as well as missing the rest of the World Cup, he will miss 9 Premier League games for Liverpool as well as Capital One Cup and Champions League qualifying games. By my estimations it would be around 14 games in total.

However, he has not been banned from moving to another club, and it has been confirmed that he would be allowed to move to another club, with Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly interested in the player.

But the response I’ve seen from Liverpool fans has been nothing short of disgraceful.

Strangely, after defending Suarez for his bite on Branislav Ivanovic, and his racist abuse towards Patrice Evra, they are now condemning Suarez for his bite on Giorgio Chiellini.

Now I’m not excusing Luis Suarez from the biting and racist abuse by any stretch of the imagination, but if you’re going to defend him for doing those disgusting things then why turn on him now? At least have some consistency.

The other point about all this is because this is the third time this has happened, clearly Luis Suarez needs professional help. It’s not a once in a blue moon occurrence, this is something which repeatedly happens. Liverpool and their fans supported him through the biting incident with Ivanovic and the racism accusations again Evra, so surely they should be supporting him now more than ever?

Henry Winter made the point that Suarez is not the type of person you would expect to be biting people on a regular basis. He says how the staff at Liverpool see him as a humble, family man who puts in so much effort into extra training and is dedicated to his craft. Apparently, when Suarez was told about being nominated for player of the year he went round the Liverpool changing room and thanked every single teammate.

Liverpool fans are talking about taking £80 million and Sanchez and/or Pedro so they can get rid of him. There is no doubt Luis Suarez is a very special footballer and now the punishment has been handed down to him by FIFA, surely Liverpool would be best served to make sure he gets the professional help he needs.