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24/25 Arsenal home kit announced

The final match weekend is upon us, which means one thing - no, not the possibility of Arsenal winning their first title in 20 years, but the release of next season’s home kit. This morning, Arsenal and adidas gave fans a glimpse of the updated home kit as the current season wraps up, a trend that has begun in recent seasons across the footballing world,
Arsenal have once again announced it with a slick video replete with Arsenal stars that emphasizes the traditions of the club, this time with an emphasis on the iconic cannon in particular. The emphasis on the cannon is quite cool, and one of two noticeable design changes. If the other rumored kit leaks are to be believed, none of this season’s kits will feature the traditional badge, which is an atypical move from the storied London club. Call it a shift toward modernity, but I think it gives the kit a slick simplicity. Purists may not agree, but I’m sure Arsenal will release a slew of retro kits over the season to placate the traditionalists (who would also claim that the cannon should face left).
The second shift is the reintroduction of navy blue accents to the kit. The current kit saw the inclusion of gold accents as an homage to the 20th anniversary of the Invincibles season. Blue accents are not new and have been featured as recently the 21/22 season, but not quite to the extent that we see in the new kit. The blue stripes on the raglan sleeves are clean, but the portion that will be met with the most mixed reception are the blue accents on the sides of the torso, which are subtle but give the kit a slightly “France training top” sort of vibe to it.
Speaking of the use of blue, of all of the gripes to be made, it is the shorts. My goodness, the shorts. The blue from the kit blend into a blue stripe on white shorts which is just too much blue for an Arsenal kit for my liking. The blue on the kit is tasteful, but the shorts take the theme a little too far, and the swooping pattern just feels starkly un-Arsenal. All in all, the kit is clean and simplistic in a lot of good ways. In comparison to the more detailed kit from this season, the starkness is refreshing. It pales in comparison to the likes of the timeless first adidas kit in 19/20 and last season’s handsome collared look, but it has its charm.
And, lastly, there is one huge difference with the release of this kit. Unlike the past two seasons, Arsenal will not be wearing it on the final home match of the season, as there are stipulations by the league that state that a team mathematically able to win the title on the last day of the season must wear the kit they had worn all season.
So, what are your thoughts? Like it? Love it? Despise it? As always, let us hear from you in the comments.

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