So it wasn’t a surprise. As with all new kits these days, it seems, it has received a decidedly mixed reception. Because it is an Arsenal kit, it will sell in numbers.
Catch a glimpse of it in this promotional video.
So what is the diagonal design all about? Well, apparently the front of the new away shirt is divided into two halves, one navy blue and one turquoise blue, inspired by the away kits worn by Arsenal teams from the past. The diagonal line represents the gnomon (the pointer) which casts the shadow on a sundial – to commemorate the original Dial Square sundial on the site of the Arsenal munitions factory in Woolwich, where the Club was founded in 1886. The back of the shirt is entirely navy blue, with one sleeve navy and the other turquoise blue. A stripe runs down each sleeve, broken into three parts to further represent the Dial Square sundial.
So now you know.
I remembered a navy blue away shirt in the late sixties, and that Nike have sporadically re-introduced blue away kits since the mid-nineties, but even I had to look up why this shirt would have been ‘inspired’ by the past, and indeed variations of the blue kit do indeed go back to the season that followed the First World War.
I’ll be sticking with my ’71 shirts, because I think there is an age at which one can no longer carry off the latest recycled polyester kits, but I’ve no doubt we will see a lot of this one in the coming season, particularly if we can go the extra step and land a trophy in it.
Then we can celebrate the 125th anniversary in style.
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