Puma and Arsenal launched the new home kit to the sound of the ClockEnd under the shadow of the ClockEnd! A boystress crowd of over 1,000 Gooners cheers as Theirry Henry welcome to stars of the first team onto stage to reveal, yes, our Red and White Home Kit. As always the most beautiful kit in the World!
The new home shirt colour stays true to the Gunners’ classic red-and-white strip that first appeared in 1933. The main body is red with bold stripes running horizontally and white sleeves. The shirt features a grandad collar and gold piping trim around the collar edge.
Before the kit was launched I had the chance to sit down with Arsenal’s top defender from the cup winning 2015 season. Nacho Monreal was in good form and purred about the form on Coquelin and Bellerin in the season just gone. It’s clear the squad are excited and up for the challenge of winning one of the two big prizes in 2016.
How much fun was that? Nine years has been way too long. Arsenal are back!
We made hard work of it though, eh? Two massive turning points in the game were the clearance off the line by Gibbs when we were 0-2 down, and then Cazorla’s free kick getting us back into it so quickly. I think it was 0-2 for about 8 or 9 minutes, so the supporters in the ground were just so stunned at that time there was no outpouring of poison and abuse towards the team or manager, and when Santi curled it in the whole atmosphere changed to positive again. I must admit I was fairly confident we could turn it around from there ; there was so much time left on the clock.
I thought we may win it in normal time, and Gibbs probably should have, but it was a fitting end to our season that our player of the season scored the extra time winner. What a turnaround for Ramsey, from the butt of all the fans criticism to the matchwinner ; an amazing stat from the whole season is that we won every match that Ramsey scored in. Wow.
The celebrations afterwards were fantastic : I did wonder if they were going to be a bit low key, as people might be thinking ‘Pah, we should have won the league instead’, but the scenes on the pitch and in the crowd were amazing – and the numbers that turned out for the parade on Sunday were astonishing. Well done to everyone who helped organise that, having Gunnersaurus lead the buses in his own car was just brilliant.
The numbers attending the parade will hopefully bring it home to the powers that be at AFC about how much it all means to people ; all those Junior Gunners seeing their first bit of silverware and also all the grown ups who have suffered (comparatively speaking) for the last nine years.
Arsenal are back. And we want MORE.
You are my Arsenal,
My only Arsenal,
You make me happy
When skies are grey
You’ll never know just,
How much I love you
So please don’t take my Arsenal away