Arsenal revealed their 2014/15 Home, Away, and Cup kits in spectacular fashion at the stroke of midnight in London today. With Arsene Wenger narrating the images of the new jerseys were shown on a 65 foot high water projection at the London Eye to crowds gathered on the banks of the Thames.
(OK, our correspondent in London said the live presentation looked much better than some of the still shots.)
The London based club signed a 5-year, $257 million dollar deal with Puma last year ending a 20-year run with Nike. At the time the deal was signed, it was the biggest kit sponsorship deal in British football history.
The Gunners ended their trophy drought by winning the FA Cup last season and are now ready to challenge for a first Premier League title since ‘The Invincibles’ in 2003/04. With Arsene Wenger close to completing deals for Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, the squad has all the components of a championship winning side.
Wenger along with first-teamers, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, told the story of the Future, Forever, Victorious campaign of the new line.
The new ‘Forever’ home shirt reverts back to the classic red and white look, after a blue trim was incorporated into the previous kit. This look was first worn by Arsenal in 1933. Red is the predominant color, with white sleeves that narrow and run to the collar and the base of the shirt. On either side of the front of the shirt are two vertical, thin white lines.
The Fly Emirates and Puma logos are also white, with the Arsenal badge in its usual top-left position.
The sleeves have two horizontal red lines on the outer edge of the cuff with the Puma cat logo in red above. The rounded red collar is a tribute to Arsenal kits of the past.
The shorts are white with a narrow red line running down each side, to complement the style of the shirt. One side has a red Puma logo, the other the Arsenal badge. The socks have a red and white hooped design, with a white Puma logo on the middle red hoop.
The ‘Victorious’ away shirt is an elegant yellow and blue that Arsenal have traditionally favored for their away colors, and a dash of red has been added in a move that will delight Gunners fans. The yellow and navy blue look was used in historic victories in the 1971 and 1979 FA Cup title matches as well as the title winning match during the 1989 campaign.
The shirt is a vibrant yellow, with dark blue sleeves; the blue narrows and runs over the shoulders, before running around the V-neck collar. Within this is a yellow trim on the inside of the collar.
The yellow also appears on the side of each end of the sleeve, dissected by a thin red line. Two thin red lines also run down the sides of the shirt front, mirroring the pattern of the home jersey. The Fly Emirates and Puma logos are also red, along with the Arsenal badge. A yellow Puma is on the side of each sleeve.
The new away shorts are dark blue, with a yellow trim running down each side. A yellow Puma logo is on one side, the Arsenal badge on the other. The new away socks have yellow and blue hoops, and a yellow Puma logo on the middle blue hoop.
The ‘Future’ Cup jersey features a unique 2-tone diagonal look on the body and solid dark blue sleeves along with a hint of lime green for detailing. This jersey will be worn away from home in Cup competitions.
The dark blue pulls in the color element from the away jersey and is matched with a lighter blue. It includes fluorescent lime green detailing on the outer edge of the cuff, the lower edge of the dark blue stripes, down the side of the torso, and on the inside of the collar.
The collar gives a distinguished look with a fold over stud style collar with 3-buttons.
The full kit is completed with the dark blue away shorts and a 2-tone sock to match the jersey.
What do you think about the new Arsenal jerseys from Puma? Which jersey do you like the best?
Official Arsenal Gear from Puma is available at WorldSoccerShop.com