Arsenal’s new home kit for 2021/22 looks set to raise a few eyebrows with Adidas seemingly taking inspiration from a design linked to some pretty harrowing memories.
While the shirt sticks to the traditional red and white colourway, the latter is given much more prominence with panels down the side of the shirt. Looking at the shot shared by Footy Headlines, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s an Ajax shirt.
It looks most similar to the Nike home shirt worn by the Gunners in the 1998/99 and 1999/2000 seasons, although on this occasion the blue accent colour is reserved for the trim of the collar, cuffs and brands three stripes.
To us, it brings to mind frustrating European nights at Wembley, Bergkamp’s harrowing penalty miss at Villa Park, shootout exits and Sp*rs failing to do us a favour at Old Trafford. On the plus side, we’re also reminded of Sylvinho.
White panels down the side have been used since the turn of the millennium, Nike included them on the 2008-2010 home shirt that made us look like a knock-off Charlton.
Interestingly, it looks like we’re including a tribute to Arsenal For Everyone by including its badge on the inside neck of the shirt. The initiative strives to celebrate the diversity of the Arsenal community so that everyone can feel an equal sense of pride and belonging in the club.
Having knocked it out of the park with the first couple of home kits, this effort by Adidas looks likely to divide opinion.
We’re still waiting for the first shots of the away and third kits. We know our main change strip will be a pearl citrine custard yellow featuring a retro(ish) badge while there’s talk the blue third could include a lightning motif harking back to the away shirts of the mid-nineties.