Arsenal have left supporters confused after choosing to give their new third kit it’s first outing against Manchester City… even though it’s BLUE!
The Premier League appeared to reveal before this weekend’s fixtures that the Gunners were set to play in their dark blue alternative jersey for Saturday evening’s clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Many would have assumed it was a mistake, with Arsenal surely set to play in their famous red shirt instead.
But there was no mistake.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gunners teammates were spotted wearing the dark blue shorts and socks during their warm-up on the Etihad pitch, with the shirts covered by a pre-game drill top.
Basically, their shorts… and, if you’re the cynical type, money (obviously).
Premier League rules state: “When playing in league matches the players of each participating club shall wear a strip which is of a sufficient contrast that match officials, spectators and television viewers will be able to distinguish clearly between the two teams.”
Man City and Arsenal’s home shirts are quite different, obviously, but both clubs’ home strips feature white shorts.
The colour of the socks and shorts are especially important for the officials and offside decisions, which means no team can wear the same colour combo.
Arsenal’s off-white away kit is also too light in colour to play against Pep Guardiola’s side, and so – as rules state – Arsenal are also playing in blue.
Apparently, it’s a dark enough shade for the Premier League to accept that they are different enough to acceptably distinguish the players of each team.
And from the picture above, they’ve probably got a point.
Some supporters have pointed out the flaw in that decision though, as Arsenal could just wear an all-red kit, just as the Arsenal Women did when they faced City in the FA Cup semi-final a few weeks ago.
So why play in blue then?
Well, we can only assume it’s got something to do with Adidas and their desire to flog as many pieces of overpriced polyester as they can…
Published at Sat, 17 Oct 2020 16:56:54 +0000