Arsenal FC has officially revealed their new home kit for the 2012-13 season.
The new Arsenal home kit features a blue hoop detail inspired by the home kit socks worn in the 1930’s under legendary manager Herbert Chapman. While the previous images of the shirt made it look more black or navy blue, it’s certainly blue. However, even in the official photos released (above and below), it still looks a lot darker than in person. But the close-up one shown below of the back of the shirt gives a better glimpse of the real color.
The origins of the blue (obsidian) design features lie in Chapman’s innovative approach to the game. Arsenal manager between 1925 and 1934, his guidance took the Club to three league titles and an FA cup victory during that time.
Further details in the shirt include the outer back neck graphic which references the WM formation that Chapman pioneered so successfully, along with the inner back graphic which reads “Victoria, Concordia, Crescit” – the Club’s long-held motto since 1948 which translates as Victory through Harmony.
The shirt’s crest reverts back to Arsenal’s primary design, having sported a unique 125th anniversary version for the 2011/12 season.
The kit is available for pre-order from Monday, May 7 and will be available in stores from June 7.
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