The current season is close to wrapping up, but that hasn’t stopped Arsenal from looking ahead, as the Gunners surprised fans by releasing next season’s away kit this morning, introducing a muted and clean pastel yellow kit with a dreamy, nostalgia-inspired advert.
The major emphasis of the upcoming away kit is the decision to use the classic cannon logo in place of the modern crest. Personally, I enjoy the look of it. It keeps the tradition at the forefront while also adding a fresh take on the design. Arsenal have toyed around with the crest in the past, but the club have not utilized the simple cannon in many years.
Aesthetically, adidas has gone a drastically different direction from this year’s marble-inspired away kit, opting for a simple, solid color for next season. Seeing as how this season’s entire line was pattern-heavy, the new kit feels refreshing. Simple is often times better, and adidas hit the nail on the head while still keeping the look modern. The brand’s trademark three stripes accent the shoulders, and bold navy cuffs with red accents round out the traditional look.
This is adidas’ third line of kits since becoming the club’s kit manufacturer, and they continue to do a great job of melding modernity with Arsenal’s history and heritage in a way that Puma rarely ever did. Despite the fact that they produced almost as many kits this season as the club did wins in the league, Arsenal and adidas are a very great combo.
On the whole, the kit is nice. Not great, not bad, but solid. It isn’t going to go down in Arsenal lore as an all-time great, but in an age of crazy patterns and drastic departures from tradition, the retro look is a welcome change of pace.
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