As far as style and design are concerned, the Arsenal home kit 2015 – 2016 isn’t much of a departure from previous home kits. It’s still a red shirt with white sleeves, and kit manufacturer Puma mostly kept the lines and color distribution of last year’s home jersey intact. With that said, Arsenal know how to make a kit launch exciting, and the unveiling of the new home soccer jersey was arguably more exciting than any other kit launch we’ve seen so far this spring/summer.
The Launch Event
Arsenal FC officially launched the 2015 – 2016 home jersey on Monday, June 15th, with a high-profile event outside the gates of their home ground. Five current Arsenal players—Hector Bellerin, Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal, Tomas Rosicky, and Danny Welbeck—were on hand to unveil the new uniform, as was former Arsenal star Thierry Henry.
Thierry Henry, of course, is a legend at Arsenal. As the club’s all-time leading goalscorer (he tallied 228 goals overall, in 376 appearances), and as one of two Gunners players to ever record 30 goals in a single 38-game Premier League season (Robin van Persie was the other), Henry is the kind of player who will never be forgotten. His return to his old club, along with the presence of current stars and the excitement over a new kit unveiling, made for quite the electric atmosphere at Emirates Stadium on June 15th.
The New Kit Design
The current players greeted fans while wearing the new Arsenal home shirt 2015 – 2016, as well as the kit’s corresponding white shorts and socks. Bellerin commented on the jersey’s “new features”. He was likely referring to a new collar design while Wellbeck praised the shirt for its “classic” design. Wellbeck also mentioned that the new kit is “not as tight as last season,” and joked that he can now look forward to being able to breathe on the pitch.
In other words, the new home kit design might be a step up from the 2014 – 2015 shirt in terms of comfort—something that fans will obviously appreciate. The new collar design is also a major talking point with the kit, trading last year’s crew neck collar for a more relaxed grandad-style button collar. Another new addition is the subtle gold trim that appears around the sleeves and collar of the soccer shirt.
Gunning for Gold?
If Danny Welbeck’s comments at the home kit launch event are to be given weight, then maybe the gold trimming of the new shirt is symbolic of Arsenal’s aspirations for the 2015 – 2016 season.
Welbeck, of course, missed the last few weeks of Arsenal’s 2014 – 2015 campaign, thanks to an ill-timed knee injury. He even had to miss out on Arsenal’s second consecutive FA Cup victory, which the team achieved against Aston Villa at the end of May.
Now, though, Welbeck is healed and palpably excited to get back to work. Speaking to the press from Emirates Stadium, prior to the start of the kit launch event, Welbeck implied that the Gunners are going to contend for a title in 2015 – 2016.
“With the players we have got, there is no reason why we should not be up there challenging for the Premier League,” he said. He also noted that Arsenal’s slow start in the 2014 – 2015 season—they only won two of their first eight matches—cost the football club a chance to shoot for the top of the podium in May. The Gunners ultimately finished in third, four points back from Manchester City, and 12 behind Chelsea.
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