AS we exclusively revealed on Friday, Arsenal will revert to a design based on our 1971 Double-winning kit for next season to celebrate the Gunners’ 125th anniversary. And supporters would appear to be backing the club with the design considering the responses I got from fans at the Emirates on Saturday for the 2-0 win over Sunderland.
AS FTK revealed last week, Nike and the club are said to have agreed on a design based on the traditional red shirts with white sleeves much to the relief of some of our fans who had feared the club were set to abandon the white sleeves altogether.
It was thought in some quarters that they were set to produce an all-red shirt similar to those donated to the Gunners by Nottingham Forest after we were founded in 1886. And a hoax image of a shirt similar to this style did the rounds on the net last week which didn’t help.
But we have gone with the shirt worn by players such as Charlie George, John Radford and George Armstrong when Bertie Mee’s side won the Division One title and the FA Cup.
And fans are delighted that the club have produced a kit with such historical importance. ‘That simple red and white kit is iconic with the Arsenal and will sell like hot cakes,’ said season-ticket holder Chris Adsett, 36.
‘We’ve had many variations on the home shirt but the essence of all things Arsenal can be found in the ’71 home top and we can only hope some of the success of that era returns to us next season.’
Harvey Burchill, 11, and a season ticket holder in Block 109 is keen to buy the kit as soon as hits the shops in the summer. “I think it’s well nice. I’ve seen pictures and matches from 1971 and can see that it’s a great shirt to have again and I am really excited.”
Sue Greenhow, 45, said she was a fan of the kit but wouldn’t be buying it. “I’m not into wearing colours actually but I do like the shirt and it’ll be good to see the boys run out in it next season. I just hope the away shirt is the classic yellow and blue from the final against Liverpool.”
There was one dissenting voice from Silver Member Brian Fellows, 44, who said: “For something as important as 125th anniversary we should be ditching the ‘Fly Emirates’ logo and have a pure kit. I know there is a commercial deal in place for the sponsorship but conversely Emirates would get publicity from it and get some respect from true Arsenal fans as well. That said I still like the idea of harking back to 71 which was a great era in our history.”
Remember we set aside our traditional red shirts with white sleeves in 2005 when we quit Highbury for the Emirates Stadium and adopted a redcurrant shirt, the colour we wore during their first season at the old ground in 1913.
For an exclusive sneak peek at next season’s away shirt check out arsenalinsider.com this Friday!

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