There it is folks, the latest third kit for next season – or so it’s alleged. As you might imagine, many have seen the kit and immediately branded it a gaudy monstrosity that shouldn’t ever be unleashed upon the paying public. I’ve got to admit that it’s certainly a bold choice, but I quite like it.
I mainly like it because I don’t think it’s going to be a shirt we’d wear for competitive football. I can’t see that happening for a second. But as a training top or something I’d wear if I was going out cycling or doing exercise? Yeah – I’d definitely buy one for that purpose. Assuming it’s reasonably priced, that is. Most official Arsenal merchandise – replica shirts especially – are grotesquely over-priced for what they actually are.
Elsewhere, Henrikh Mkhitaryan had a few words to say about the perceived failure that was his time at Manchester United:
“I don’t want to find excuses
I don’t want to blame anyone…I am starting a new chapter in my life, in my football career and I am very happy to be here.
I will be pleased to achieve more than I have done in Manchester, of course. I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. I just have to enjoy myself, do my best and at the end I will see where I can reach”
I think that is the best way to look at things. Whether his time at United was considered a failure and whatever reason there might be for that is pretty much irrelevant. What’s of greater importance is that he is now an Arsenal player and placing focus upon his future is what fans should do whilst hunting for negatives about his past is what journalists do.
I think he’ll do very well here. Arsenal’s style of football suits him to a greater degree than Mourinho’s cautious, tactical approach ever could. I’m not saying one style of play is superior to another, just that certain players are far more suited to certain managers and Clubs. Mkhitaryan is more suited to Arsenal.
Lastly today, and moving back to the beginning of this post and the subject of new kits, there has been a lot of chatter about Adidas taking over from Puma next year. Granted, a great deal of that chatter has come from accounts on Twitter that wouldn’t know sh*t from shampoo, let alone in-depth football news. But, you know, sometimes it’s interesting to have a look around some of the potential shirts made-up by folks with far greater artistic talent than me.
For example, I found this mock-up of an Adidas away shirt that Arsenal could wear for next season, and it’s incredibly nice:
I can’t really say I’m all that concerned about who makes our kits or what colour the third shirt might be this season. That stuff is of little or no consequence. Being something of a traditionalist when it comes to team colours, I’ve always hated anything other than yellow and blue for our away strip – the current blue version isn’t a particular favourite of mine, to say the least. So, the above version – wild speculation or otherwise – ticks all the boxes for me to such an extent I might even consider biting my tongue and purchasing one….
Anyways, enough rambling. I’m done for the day. I’ll be back tomorrow to preview the early kick-off and Wembley in which we face our noisy neighbours. They’ll be a great deal to talk about at that point, so make sure you tune in, folks. In the meantime, why not head to the comments and drop me a line with your thoughts on the ‘new’ kit for next season.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.
Soundtrack to this post:
Classixx – ‘Pure Distraction’ (On a side note- I often dance to this song in just my pants. That’s an imagine you’ll all treasure and you’re all very welcome!)