Arsenal have left supporters confused after selecting to offer their new third equipment it’s first outing in opposition to Manchester Metropolis… although it’s BLUE!
The Premier League appeared to disclose earlier than this weekend’s fixtures that the Gunners had been set to play of their darkish blue various jersey for Saturday night’s conflict on the Etihad Stadium.
Many would have assumed it was a mistake, with Arsenal certainly set to play of their well-known pink shirt as an alternative.
However there was no mistake.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gunners teammates had been noticed carrying the darkish blue shorts and socks throughout their warm-up on the Etihad pitch, with the shirts lined by a pre-game drill high.
Principally, their shorts… and, in the event you’re the cynical kind, cash (clearly).
Premier League guidelines state: “When taking part in in league matches the gamers of every taking part membership shall put on a strip which is of a adequate distinction that match officers, spectators and tv viewers will be capable to distinguish clearly between the 2 groups.”
Man Metropolis and Arsenal’s dwelling shirts are fairly totally different, clearly, however each golf equipment’ dwelling strips function white shorts.
The color of the socks and shorts are particularly vital for the officers and offside selections, which implies no crew can put on the identical color combo.
Arsenal’s off-white away equipment can also be too gentle in color to play in opposition to Pep Guardiola’s aspect, and so – as guidelines state – Arsenal are additionally taking part in in blue.
Apparently, it’s a darkish sufficient shade for the Premier League to simply accept that they’re totally different sufficient to acceptably distinguish the gamers of every crew.
And from the image above, they’ve in all probability received some extent.
Some supporters have identified the flaw in that call although, as Arsenal may simply put on an all-red equipment, simply because the Arsenal Ladies did once they confronted Metropolis within the FA Cup semi-final just a few weeks in the past.
So why play in blue then?
Effectively, we will solely assume it’s received one thing to do with Adidas and their want to flog as many items of overpriced polyester as they will…