Contrary to what you may believe, we don’t enjoy being negative towards Arsenal Football Club. After all, it’d be better for everyone involved if the club were to become one of English football’s biggest forces once again, but we all know that can’t happen overnight. Thankfully, through the appointment of Unai Emery, we’re one step closer to making that dream a reality – but we aren’t here to talk about tactics, transfers or anything like that today.
Instead, we’re here to discuss the club’s new home kit which can be found here. Now while we’ve already touched on this back when it was first announced, we’ve taken some time to digest it, and as a result, we’d like to think about things from a neutral perspective (if that’s at all possible).
The biggest thing that any football club needs is a comfortable shirt, mainly because you want your players to be at their peak in every possible way when they’re on the pitch. Some would argue that it’s just a shirt, but in the past, we’ve seen how these things can actually impact someone’s performance based on how tight or loose the kit’s design is.
As silly as it sounds, it’s an accuracy which few can dispute.
Now in terms of the actual design, we’ll first talk about something that we like: the pinstripes on the sleeves. While some fans are joking around by saying that it looks like every single player has been made the captain, we actually like the design. It’s sleek, it’s different, and if the rest of the shirt worked to the same extent, then we wouldn’t have any real issues.
However, the design around the neck is what completely lets this shirt down. It looks blocky, it looks unfinished, and the collar in particular just doesn’t resonate with us at all. The variation in the colour with the red and the white doesn’t flow anywhere near as well as last season’s effort, and it all looks a little bit thrown together at the last minute.
We’re all for being alternative, but there’s a limit to that, and Puma have reached it. The sooner the kit manufacturer changes the better because if Arsenal are going to present themselves as a threat on the pitch, they need to look the part. Sorry, guys, but the aesthetic is important.
What do you think of Arsenal’s new home kit?