While the 2018-2019 home kit leaked weeks ago, the club had not made an official announcement. That changed today, as Puma and Arsenal released their first official promotional video ahead of the launch. Meanwhile, the squad gets another sort of new look, as four first-team players got new numbers.
New Numbers, New Kit, New Manager
New Look Gunners
A statement from Arsenal.com,
“Star players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin and Mesut Ozil showcased our new strip, which features the red and white shirt synonymous with the club. The shirt sports a unique “pulse” design across the chest. The accompanying shorts are white with a red band along the top and the socks are white with the black PUMA cat on the front and have a red fold over top.
“The kit was created using a seamless evoKNIT that provides a lightweight ‘second skin’ feel, designed to move in harmony with the player’s movements.”
The club’s website adds that the new kit goes on sale on June 1, but fans may pre-order through Arsenal Direct.
Four senior players received new numbers to go with the promotional launch of the new kit.
Petr Cech will receive the number one shirt previously worn by Wojciech Szczesny and Hector Bellerin will get Debuchy’s old number two. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka will switch from 29 to 34 and Mohamed Elneny gets Per Mertesacker’s number four.
While this sort of thing happens from time to time, that doesn’t mean the new numbers are insignificant. Cech being granted the number one, a holy grail of sorts for ‘keepers, means we are unlikely to see him leave the club this summer. His contract runs until summer 2019.
The number swap means fairly little for Hector Bellerin, however, as he remains the club’s undisputed starting right-back. But, the significance of the number four may mean a great deal for our Egyptian midfielder. Elneny is not exactly the first name on the team sheet, despite him being a wonderful teammate.
The change to one of the lowest squad numbers, plus that new contract a few months back, probably means the Arsenal hierarchy rates the player highly. However, there is a new sheriff in town. So, what will become of the new number four? Is he destined for a greater squad role? Or perhaps that new number still won’t save him from the anonymity of the bench.
Finally, the number 34 holds great significance for Granit Xhaka, as his brother wears the same number.
Just wanted to add this in just in case anyone is living under a rock. Yesterday, David Ornstein confirmed the three-headed Hydra of Gazidis, Mislintat and Sanllehi chose a new Arsenal manager in Unai Emery.
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