Arsenal have left supporters confused after selecting to provide their new third package it’s first outing towards Manchester City… despite the fact that it’s BLUE!
The Premier League appeared to disclose earlier than this weekend’s fixtures that the Gunners have 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 crimson shirt as a substitute.
However there was no mistake.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Gunners teammates have been noticed carrying the darkish blue shorts and socks throughout their warm-up on the Etihad pitch, with the shirts coated by a pre-game drill prime.
Mainly, their shorts… and, if you happen to’re the cynical sort, cash (clearly).
Premier League guidelines state: “When enjoying in league matches the gamers of every collaborating membership shall put on a strip which is of a enough distinction that match officers, spectators and tv viewers will be capable of distinguish clearly between the 2 groups.”
Man City and Arsenal’s dwelling shirts are fairly completely different, clearly, however each golf equipment’ dwelling strips characteristic white shorts.
The color of the socks and shorts are particularly essential for the officers and offside choices, which implies no group can put on the identical color combo.
Arsenal’s off-white away package can be too gentle in color to play towards Pep Guardiola’s facet, and so – as guidelines state – Arsenal are additionally enjoying in blue.
Apparently, it’s a darkish sufficient shade for the Premier League to just accept that they’re completely different sufficient to acceptably distinguish the gamers of every group.
And from the image above, they’ve in all probability obtained some extent.
Some supporters have identified the flaw in that call although, as Arsenal might simply put on an all-red package, simply because the Arsenal Girls did once they confronted City within the FA Cup semi-final just a few weeks in the past.
So why play in blue then?
Nicely, we are able to solely assume it’s obtained one thing to do with Adidas and their want to flog as many items of overpriced polyester as they will…