Arsenal third kit leaked…is it as bad as all the others?

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We’ve had some ‘interesting’ third kits over the course of the last decade, with both Nike and Puma treating the shirts like a blank canvas for Frankensteinian experimentation.

Hoops, stripes, the occasional sash, black, white, purple, blue…the odd bit of lime – we’ve seen it all.

It’s got to the point where Arseblog News wouldn’t be surprised if the first team was told to play League Cup matches sporting fishnet onesies.

Thankfully that won’t be the case this season, although we’ll leave it to you to discuss whether Puma’s latest cup kit is any better.

First a trip down memory lane…

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Cesc Fabregas celebrates his stoppage time winner at Bolton in Nike’s classy maroon and blue kit.
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Nike dressed the Gunners like a Sp*rsy baseball team in 09/10
Arsenal third kit 1213
Poldi & Santi scored in this purple number’s first run out at Anfield in 2011…but we also wore it when we lost to Bradford.
Arsenal third kit 1415
Ah yes, two tone blue with a dash of lime bile for season 14/15…at least Dat Guy skewered United in it.
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Last season’s kit was black…which would be fine, except for the messy diagonal stripes on the midriff.

…next season, we’ll be wearing the below as our third kit (tip of the cap to Footy Headlines for the snaps). The socks have that delightful, dipped in uranium look. Hmm.

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If you’ve not yet seen the new home and away kit, they can be seen here. 

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Wenger's Waterbottle

No, it’s worse.

dereklyw

looks like an old chelsea away kit. #thebusdrivers#

Wez

My thoughts exactly.

Chris

Nobs

Fake empire

Surely Marco Reus won’t notice that there isn’t BVB and Evonik logo

Holyviper

If we get Reus, I will…

Edge

Looks like a training kit. Hate it when they change the crest colours. No need.

SWGooner

I personally loved the 2011/12 anniversary crest in monochrome, so to see its return suits me.

Fasth&Furious

Fair enough that worked out more than fine, but to me the anniversary crest was even better with badhe in original colors and the leaves in gold.

JArghS

Not adverse to a bit of fluorescence, quite liked the 14/15 third kit.
This, however, is just… no, no thank you.

Ned Flanders Bible

Is the “dipped in uranium” look to allow us to switch off the lights during mid- week games to save electricity?

lonsdale

Stan Kroenke’s £3mil has to come from somewhere…

DMagicalMan

I like it

American Goon

I like it, just wish it were gold highlights instead of the uranium green lol

rossi88

No, I love it. My two boys will look great in that!!

mpls

and they’ll be safer crossing the street at night.

Comedian

That design with black and gold would have been nice. If puma guys are taking notice black primary and gold on the strips not the otherway around.

Disillusioned Gooner

To be on honest I think Puma’s kit design in recent years leaves a lot to be desired. None of the kits they’ve designed for us so far appeal to me.

Mike

Looking forward to seeing us lose our champions league dead rubber in this!

Mouko_gooner

Oh no!!! Dear Puma, if you have already started producing, please donate them to traffic controllers

David C

someone should reverse the colours on it. go bright like a lot of those 3rd Barca jerseys…

soothsayer

Not gonna lie. I kind of like it.

Mevil314

Don’t want to be that guy but the purple kit was an away kit in the 2012/13 season. Think the third was a yellow kit with maroon shorts.

beNZed

Just look at Cesc’s dramatic little face.

Chelsea twat.

Goonaviv

Quite like it.

Crash Fistfight

I’ve got that third kit that was maroon and navy hoops. I’ve got no idea what I was thinking – it’s hideous!

3rd kits are a pointless money making exercise, so by definition they’re all cack, although this one isn’t bad in comparison to the last couple.

Jakub

This must be some joke right ?

Frank the Gooner

Who gives a shit? It hasn’t got a fucking cock on it, does it? thats a manly cannon, my friends.

Michael

Serious question: in the blog today, Bloggs states: “The deals clubs do with their kit manufacturers now mean that what they earn from shirt sales is very small, so it’s just daft to suggest that we’d spend money in this way or for that reason only, because it doesn’t even make sense financially.” Why, then, do we get all-new kits every year? Is it Puma that makes the money here, more so than the club? If that is the case, surely it is in Puma’s interests to come up with an awesome-looking kit? Or is it the case that nobody… Read more »

Crash Fistfight

Puma won’t make all of the money either, as they sell them to the companies that actually sell them to people (there may even be a distributor in between – someone else more knowledgeable may be able to confirm). However, the more demand for shirts there is, the more shirts will be purchased from Puma for ultimate re-sale, so they have a vested interest to make them more desirable, hence why they change them every season (shiny new toy syndrome). The money shirt manufacturers pay clubs is effectively a licence to sell shirts with the club’s logo on. Therefore, the… Read more »

the only sam is nelson

the answer is in the question. the regularity with which kits are redesigned and relaunched is all about the fact that the manufacturers are raking in the takings from selling them. having said that i doubt the club would behave any differently – they just take the profit in the form of the sponsorship deal, which of course simply increases the need for the manufacturer to release 1,826 kits every two years to recoup their investment. as to the need for the kit to look awesome, you only have to look around on any given matchday to realise that club… Read more »

Tasmanian Jesus

I cant believe it, but I love it!

ckZA

Honest question: How do they decide the colors/design for a new run; who makes the decision and approvals and how are clubs involved vs what the supplier can make?

Arsepedant

It’s a scary thought that not only was someone paid tens of thousands of pounds to produce that abomination, but someone else was also paid tens of thousands of pounds to look at all the choices and say “yep, that’s the one.”

rmpauden

Scrolled up twice to get another look..and…still hideous!

ArsenalRising

OMG! That’s FUCKIN’ HORRIBLE! The worst third kit yet in my opinion! Its really pissed me off for some reason. Get a stripe midway round the socks or the shirt colour on the top 4/5 inches of the sock to break up the horrible boring kit! You know Puma? Like your old kits!!! Fuck me! They were good kits. I always liked the style of the socks. Very Arsenal. And now we get Puma and they go for the classy thin as fuck lines that break nothing up coz u can hardly see em! Pathetic. At least the Home kit… Read more »

rmpauden

Still got.the purple maroon job as sported by cesc, looks fine until u see the gold collar lol

Parth

I think the original idea was to make neon shirts but the whole stock was just shat on by a load of birds.

*After the barrage*
PUMA: “You know, it looks much better than the original idea.”

Flamini points at you

Is anyone else struggling to get through to the specific blogs at arseblog.com?

I get through to the site in a breeze but when I click on one of the daily blogs it seems to load forever, to infinity, and I become infinitely sad. This happens on this news site straight after games, when I assume everyone is trying to find out what happened and how players performed in the game we just watched, lol. But recently this is happening more of the time.

If anyone could let me know that I’m not crazy..?

Graham

Bring back Nike ?

David Hillier's luggage

Wasn’t the purple hooped kit our away, not third, in the 2012/13 season, then officially our third (but I don’t think used) in 2013/14?

2011 we had that blue/teal diagonal kit away and the yellow with maroon pinstripes 3rd.

David Hillier's luggage

Either way this season’s 3rd looks crap. Put an unknown betting company sponsor on it and you’ve got a Championship/League 1 away kit right there.

YoungGooner

Why does it looks like our boys will be playing for Wigan Athletic? Is this a statement of what we should expect on the pitch this season? Is Emile Heskey going to sign da ting and become that top top top class striker we have been waiting years for? Find out on the next episode of Dragonball Z!

Gooner4lifeFOZ

I quite like it. Better then last years monstrosity

Javis

I like if, a lot. Does remind me of a Chelsea kit, but usually their kits have nice designs.

Home jersey is really nice too, but not as fond of the away..home or 3rd kit this season, both if my financial advisor says so!

Pearson

The only nice Chelsea kit I have ever seen was one that I saw on a bonfire

Guy Bloom

Very disappointed that apparently I wont be able to go to The Armoury and purchase a fishnet onesie

Lula da Gilberto

Not the worst ever but its a bit like comparing which bout of violent food poisoning was the best.

David Hillier's luggage
TeeCee

I suppose it saves us from ever having to trot out that shite, Red Nose excuse of the players blending into the background and being difficult to see.

(Unless we get to play a match at night, in a stadium with faulty floodlights in Pripyat.)

Santi Claus

The sleeves make me want to vomit

Thaatarsenalguy

I like it.
Its exactly what my younger self would have imagined a futuristic football kit to be.

Arsepedant

I think it’s awful. It’s not quite as bad as the kaleidoscopic banana peel from 1995 or the velvet bumblebee from 2011 or the cross between Chel$ki and Man Schitty from whenever, but it’s definitely high on the list of all-time bad kits. It makes my eyes hurt.

Pearson

Should never play in dark kit, especially at night. Bring back May 1989 Anfield kit please or Invincibles yeller and blue.

santori

For games where we have poor visibility issues?

santori

Since Puma came into the scene, Santi has had trouble scoring. Just saying.

LadsItsPuma

Gotta say I didnt like last season’s third kit at all until I saw it alongside some of the others just now, yikes.
The new one, is that black or midnight blue? Kinda like it.

Made by Puma and uranium dipped – clearly not made to last.

Xxxrob

This has been a slow burner for me. Initial thought was “aye carumba!” But now it’s kind of grown on me. Agree with other comments that the shreks piss green probably would have looked awesome if it were gold though.

Ron

Don’t like it. Too blurry.

Bigfathairytwat

It’s like those dino rod vans…the colours hurt my eyes !!

Charley

The color is meant to help our players see each other on a cold wintry nightly in Stoke

bonkers

Its a damn THIRD kit with a contemporary look. I’m starting to think everyone who comments are there old man who yell at children to get is their lawn

bonkers

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