Their new pre-match kit is designed to celebrate their Jamaican fans all over the world, with Arsenal first attempting an official connection with Arsenal fans back in 2017 with the launch of the Jamaican supporters club.
A designated meeting place of the official Jamaican supporters of the club can be found at 52B Paris Close, Martinique, Caribbean Estates Portmore, St. Catherine, Jamaica.
Arsenal have deep roots with Jamaica that stretch back to the 90s, with Ian Wright, one of their most decorated players having Jamaican heritage.
On the new pre-match shirt, Ian Wright said: “It’s fantastic to see Adidas and Arsenal celebrating its rich and diverse fanbase. Arsenal is for everyone, and creating initiatives, support and products that resonate with the wide-ranging fanbase is fantastic to see. The fans are going to love it.”
One of their bright young sparks too, academy graduate Emile Smith Rowe, who also has Jamaican heritage said: “Football is nothing without the fans, and I’m proud to see adidas and my club continuing to support our supporters from all backgrounds – just like we did when we launched our home shirt this year. It’s a stunning shirt and I’m looking forward to wearing it.
What does the new pre-match shirt look like?
As described on the Arsenal website, it’s “a vibrant display of energy and style, the jersey features a bold, all-over geometric print in green, gold and black - the colours of the Jamaican flag. With many Jamaicans living in our local community and across the capital, it pays tribute to those who call both north London and Jamaica home.”
When will the team first wear it?
The new jersey will first be showcased at the upcoming Notting Hill Carnival, and will be on display for their home game against Fulham, which can be seen live on Sky Sports with kick off time at 5:30pm.
The shirt will also be taken on a European tour, as Arsenal qualified for the Europa League, their first European competition they will be in since 2019/2020, when Unai Emery was in charge.
In their Europa League group, they will face PSV Eindhoven of The Netherlands. Bodo/Glimt of Norway and FC Zurich of Switzerland. It will be the first ever competitive meeting between the Gunners and the last two, with the side last playing PSV, now managed by Ruud Van Nistelrooy in the 2006/2007 season.
Where can I buy the new pre match shirt?
The new shirt can be purchased on the official Adidas website and will set you back £55.
You can also use Klarna to pay for it, meaning you pay it back in three instalments of £18.33 over three months instead of paying £55 outright.
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