Gunner players come and go (to Barcelona, cough cough Henry, Hleb, van Bronckhorst, Overmars, Petit, soon to be Fabregas) but the spirit of the squad and Wenger live on at the Emirates and elsewhere, where the squad where will don a new Arsenal jersey that is both a different and awesome change of pace from the yellow of last year’s away threads.
This year’s kit honors 125 fabulous and somewhat heartbreaking years the club has been in existence. The enormous if not eccentric crest signifies this tremendous feat in a stylistic manner, such as the football for which the club is known for. It’s all appropriate in that manner and done not in a terribly non-tasteful manner. Besides the Nike swoosh and the Fly Emirates sponsorship, the shirt is a far cry from yellow. The jersey features two distinctive blues, one more like a cyan, which hasn’t featured on any Gunner kit in some time, and a dark navy, which adorned the 3rd jersey last campaign. The sleeves are alternate blues as well and makes for a truly unique and memorable look that is both sharp and modern. The collar lies flush against the rest of the shirt and is neither bothersome nor uncomfortable during play.
This is in large part due to the polyester material Nike implements in their soccer jerseys, a feature which makes me thank the company rather than wearing an Umbro itchy jersey. The jersey itself is quite comfortable and easily maintained because of the polyester as well as the Dri-Fit technology implemented on many Nike products currently on the market today. During testing, I could feel sweat wick away during an intense training session with absolute ease and comfort. I was never too hot in the shirt, even in blistering conditions that this summer has been.
125 years of magical history in North London comes down to the culmination of two excellent shirts, particularly the away shirt. If you are a fan or plan to become one, now’s the time to pick up one of the best looking away shirts I’ve seen in years.
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