The Gunners have revealed their home, away and third strips for next season.
Arsenal have unveiled their home, away and third kits for the 2014-15 season. The kits are the first Arsenal strips to be manufactured by Puma after the club's long-standing association with Nike came to an end.
The home shirt features the traditional red torso and white sleeves, while the away strip is a familiar yellow and navy. What separates these shirts from the Arsenal kits in the Nike years is the skin-tight fit that have become Puma's trademark. Uruguay notably wore shirts of the same fit during the World Cup.
Rest assured, however, that pot-bellied Arsenal fans will not be flocking to the Emirates Stadium in the snug shirts next season. The shirts available at the club shop are a more 'regular' fit.
The announcement, which took place at 11pm on Thursday, was the subject of much hype and speculation. Fans wondered which first-team players would model the new kits, and whether new signing Alexis Sanchez would be seen in Arsenal colours for the first time.
In the end, the unveiling lasted less than two minutes. A live stream on Youtube counted down for half an hour prior to the start of the event, which showed various Arsenal players wearing the Puma strips projected across the river Thames.
The kit reveal received a mixed reaction on Twitter.
Some fans were very impressed.
Quite impressed with Arsenal's kit launch. Surreal scenes on the north bank— Josh (@jheap15) July 10, 2014
Just watch the lunch of our new kit......,, together we are Arsenal Forever....,,,, really love that— John Oluwaseyi Oke (@oluseyi5050) July 10, 2014
Some, not so much.
Wait.... Was that all??? Boooo. I was expecting something more lively.. #PumaKitLaunch— Glory E. P. (@geeloreyz) July 10, 2014
But the reaction to the kits themselves was largely positive. The blue third kit in particular, which will be worn for cup matches away from home, drew rave reviews.
WOW new Arsenal third kit is stunning— James Rodríguez (@WhyCeeOneSeven) July 10, 2014
Really like the Arsenal home kit, but I love the away one. Good job Puma #afc— Steve Wallbridge (@SteveW92) July 10, 2014
All three kits look magnificent especially the third kit. True, blue (not Chelsea blue), and cool as Arsenal!— RJ® (@RJthegamerdude) July 10, 2014
Despite the hype surrounding the kit release, all will be forgotten when the football starts again. Arsenal fans' first opportunity to see the Gunners strut their stuff at home in the new Puma kits will be on Saturday 2nd August, when they face Benfica in the Emirates Cup.