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New Away Shirt - Nice or Nasty?

New Away Shirt - Nice or Nasty?

As we edge ever closer to the new season we get whiffs of proper football at intermittent intervals.

First we get the fixtures, then the boys return to training, a short while later we`re able to watch some pre-season friendlies before eventually kicking off the new campaign.

Not so long ago in history every 2 or 3 years we`d get excited (especially as school boys) when the club would throw in the release of the new shirt as part of the pre-season festivities, everyone would be strutting around for the summer in their spanking new Arsenal shirts.

However over recent years this event has become almost annual, and mores the pity the shirts have been more vomiting inducing rather than something to look forward to.

This season, in my humble opinion, has seen the unveiling of the worst home and away combination I can recall. A few weeks ago the club showcased the new home shirt, which truth be told, wouldn`t be so bad had Nike not allowed the local primary school to design it. The collar alone is enough to make me puke.

Yesterday gave us a glimpse of the new away strip. (Check out how miserable they all look, then they`re forced to smile, apart from Chesney, who appears to refuse point blank)

I`m starting to feel like Nike want people to make fun of us.

Indeed we`ve already seen a wealth of Gooners barfing into buckets all over the place, not to mention the incessant mockery from up and down the country (though I`m not sure why there have been many complaints that the shirt will clash with Villa and West Ham at away matches, surely this isn`t the first time that we, or any other team has had an away shirt that could be used at away games, indeed we`ve had many shirts clash with Chelsea, Everton, Reading, etc etc).

With all the change that is seemingly going on at our club at the minute, one can only hope that once the contract with Nike expires that we can switch to a company such as adidas who I believe make superior looking strips.

You might feel that discussing the away strip in such detail is a complete waste of time, but hey, it`s pre-season, there`s not much else to talk about.

That`s my take on it, what do you guys think?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday July 12 2012
Time: 12:29PM


The away strip is too gaudy and the goalkeepers away kit is a joke! Sczcesny looked like an abominable doll! Maybe the goalkeepers kit is designed to distract opposition strikers when they enter the final third.
12/07/2012 13:03:00
or they have based the design on the team kits joke arsenal joke lol :)
12/07/2012 13:26:00
Well you guys would know having had a s***e brown coloured kit a couple of years ago :)
12/07/2012 13:28:00
It has to be Nike taking the ***** because they know Adidas will be taking over from next year. Seriously, and I mean seriously, is there any nutbag on this planet that believes someone would buy that over the red and white strip? It's bizarre.
12/07/2012 13:34:00
The new kit cycle goes something like this- pictures leaked everyone hates it- released on site- everyone hates it. It comes out and people say- oooh, actually it doesn't look bad on. Then bam! The buy it. It will be the same with this one, it'll sell in record numbers I'll bet. The thinking behind bright keepers kits is that a striker is drawn to the colour from the corner of his eye and therefore is more inclined to shoot straight at it.
Little Dutch
12/07/2012 13:45:00
Is that true, LD? Fascinating! But still -bright pink??
12/07/2012 13:58:00
Correct LD, it's the same reason why The Punisher has a target on his bullet proof vest, people will instinctively aim at a presented target. Anyway, I don't know if I like the kit but I like how different it is, if we win anything with this strip it will become a classic.
Professor Calculus
12/07/2012 14:00:00
If they wanted to acheive that effect they should have strapped a 12" foam whanger to the front of his shorts, that's draw the eye for sure!

I'd generally agree with your premise on shirts LD, but this one is genuinely hideous.
12/07/2012 14:01:00
Is that the united away kit you're using?
Slurms McKenzie
12/07/2012 15:01:00
Am I the only one who absolutely loved the away kit?
12/07/2012 15:23:00
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