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?