Arsenal will be hoping everything is all-white next season after the club unveiled their bold new away kit for the upcoming 2020-21 campaign.
The Gunners will be wearing a white/off-white strip in away games with the design paying homage to their iconic East Stand at Highbury – where a statue of legendary manager Herbert Chapman was erected.
To make the kit stand out, a marble-effect pattern of red stripes down the front compliment the shirt to mirror the East Stand’s marble halls.
This is complimented by maroon shorts and white/off-white socks. The Arsenal badge and adidas stripes are monographic. For extra detail there is the Gunners’ hexagon on the back of the shirt, while the neck is a V-neck design.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Hector Bellerin are among those posing in the strip for the official photoshoot – as are Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil. However, it’s the latter’s inclusion that is perhaps the most eye-catching considering that fact his future at the club is heavily in doubt.
The north London outfit revealed their kit on Thursday morning with a clever video that impressed their supporters. The inclusion of club legend David Seaman as a naked statue, in the marble colours, with his goalkeeping gloves covering his modesty, also caught the attention of some fans on social media.
‘Please build the same David Seaman statue outside the stadium!,’ wrote one fan. ‘Love this! Was not expecting a naked David Seaman statue lol,’ another tweeted.
Seaman was clearly a source of amusement as another fan posted on social media: ‘That David Seaman statue. Great advert,’ accompanied with crying laughing emojis.
However, despite Seaman getting the approval of plenty of fans, not everyone was pleased with the kit, with some citing that Arsenal playing in white is too reminiscent of their bitter rivals Tottenham.
‘Arsenal kit should never been white… strange concept,’ wrote one fan. ‘Arsenal’s new away kit….. white..! They do remember what colour the horrible lot across the road wear right?’ tweeted another.
Despite this stance, this isn’t the first time Arsenal have played in white – with the club most recently adorning the colour as an away strip during the 2007-08 season.
The new away jersey will be worn for the first time on Saturday, when Arsenal Women take on PSG in the quarter-final of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.