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Arsenal to wear away kit in home Champions League clash with FC Basel

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Because of clashing kits, UEFA have stipulated that Arsenal will wear yellow at home, not for the first time.

FC Basel v Maccabi Tel Aviv - UEFA Champions League: Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg
He won’t be wearing this one tonight, though
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Today’s Champions League Group Stage clash at home to FC Basel will feature a rare sight: Arsenal wearing something other than red and white at the Emirates.

Arsenal will wear their yellow away shirts against the Swiss visitors, UEFA has stipulated, because Arsenal’s red and white home kits clash with Basel’s red, blue, and black home kits and Basel’s all-white away kits, due to Arsenal’s traditional white sleeves. Basel do not have a third kit.

As the Dot Com recounts, this isn’t the first time that Arsenal have worn their away colors at home.

In season 1998/99, the official Uefa kit policy dictated that any clash in first choice kits led to the home team changing shirts – hence we wore our away kit at home to Lens for example.

Pre-Champions League, there was a similar policy in the early 1990s, when you may recall us wearing our away kit in the home game against Benfica in 1991.

Don’t be surprised when you see our boys in yellow today!