Finally, after countless leaks and months of waiting, Arsenal officially dropped their home kit for the 2020/2021 season, the second iteration since joining forces with iconic soccer giants adidas. And what would a kit release be without a slick video?
I’ll admit, after last year’s incredible release video narrated by Ian Wright and featuring a slew of Arsenal-loving celebrities, this one feels a little underwhelming. But last season was the debut of Arsenal’s renewed partnership with adidas, so of course they pulled out all the stops. However, it is nice to see Arsenal academy alumni take center stage for this video, as Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles star alongside Kieran Tierney and David Luiz.
But enough about the video! This is, after all, all about the kit. Next season’s home kit keeps the traditional red torso and white sleeve design intact. The bold sideways chevron pattern looks far better on the players than I anticipated. The original leaked photos had me concerned it would be too busy, but they are subtle enough to accent the kit, not dominate it. From a distance, it seems to add an almost textured look that I am sure will look nice on the pitch.
The players. The shirt. The photos.— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 23, 2020
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Arsenal have also returned to a traditional ringed collar after this past season featured a very minimal v-cut. Another small accent is the inclusion of adidas’ three stripes down the sides of the kit, a subtle addition that helps give the kit some personality without getting away from the traditional look of an Arsenal home kit.
The fit also looks to be a more casual, relaxed fit, which is a departure from last season’s athletic cut (read: tighter fitting) for the home kit. Having owned all three of last season’s kits, the away one was the most comfortable, and the upcoming home kit looks to be closer to that in cut, which is nice for those of us who enjoy kits but do not share the athletic physique of the players wearing it.
All things told, this is a solid second outing from adidas. While I still think last season’s was a better and cleaner kit, this is still better than just about anything Puma ever released for Arsenal.