Arsenal launch new home kit ahead of new Premier League season… with Gunners set to wear strip for first time in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Scottish champions Rangers
- Arsenal have launched their new home kit for the 2021-22 campaign
- A collegiate navy branding has been added to the traditional red and white shirt
- The Gunners wore their new away kit for the first time in the Hibernian defeat
- Now they will don the new home strip against Steven Gerrard’s Rangers
Arsenal have unveiled their new home kit which they will wear for the first time during their pre-season friendly against Rangers on Saturday.
The Gunners’ traditional red and white shirt, white shorts and socks have not changed but Adidas have added a collegiate navy branding on the shoulders of the new strip.
The north London side launched their away kit for the 2021-22 campaign in May and it made its first appearance in their 2-1 defeat by Hibernian on Tuesday.
Arsenal have unveiled their new home kit which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Co will wear on Saturday
The Gunners’ traditional red and white shirt has a collegiate navy branding on the shoulders
But now the likes of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will don their new home shirt when they face Steven Gerrard’s Scottish Premiership champions as part of the Ibrox club’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
‘I love it. It’s a smart design and I can’t wait to pull it on and represent this club in front of our supporters once again,’ Gunners left-back Kieran Tierney said.
‘It simply hasn’t been the same without our fans. We’re raring to go and can’t wait for Emirates Stadium to be rocking again.’
A women’s shirt, in both authentic and replica versions, and youth kits have also been released.
Kieran Tierney labelled Adidas’ design ‘smart’ and could feature against Rangers on Saturday
Thomas Partey (L) and Emile Smith Rowe (R) could also don the new shirt for the first time on Saturday
The new shirt will feature Adidas’ cooling technology ensuring wearers like England star Bukayo Saka feels cool, while keeping players dry in the game.
Some Arsenal fans however believe the kit is too similar to that of Eredivisie side Ajax.
One fan commented: ‘I like Ajax, but not enough that I want Arsenal to wear their kit,’ while another added: ‘Arsenal wants to be like Ajax — total football, promoting youth, selling when at height etc. They’re taking the first steps with the kit.’
But others approved of the new strip, with one adding: Adidas always makingArsenal look good, they have the best kit around the globe but can’t match it with performance on the pitch so sad.’
Another meanwhile stated: ‘ The one thing Arsenal is good at is giving its fans (flame emoji) kits. More like, if we can’t win titles, we can have the bestkits in the league.’
A women’s version for Vivianne Miedema (L), Leah Williamson (R) and their team-mates has also been released
Alexandre Lacazette and Arsenal donned their new away strip for the first time in their defeat by Hibernian
Mikel Arteta will nevertheless hope the change in shirt will provide his men with improved fortunes in pre-season and the campaign ahead, with the club missing out on European football for the first time in 25 years last term following a second straight eighth-place finish.
An Arthur Okonkwo howler and more abject defending from set pieces saw the Gunners fall to defeat at Easter Road earlier in the week despite Emile Smith Rowe’s late consolation.
The north London outfit bring their five-day training camp in Scotland to a close by facing Rangers, before heading off to the US to face Inter Milan and one of Everton or Colombian outfit Millonarios.
Arsenal then return to London for friendlies against city rivals Chelsea and Tottenham as part of The Mind Series, before their Premier League campaign gets underway at Brentford on 13 August.
The Gunners are now set to take on Steven Gerrard’s Scottish Premiership champions
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