The hype of Arsenals new away kit has somewhat been dampened by the fact that Cesc Fabregas has been omitted from the promotional photographs for the 125 year anniversay kit. But before we get onto that…
Introducing Arsenal’s official unveiling of the 2011/12 Away Kit:
From the official Arsenal.com website:
The Gunners reveal their new away kit, available to pre-order today, Tuesday, June 28, 2011. Capturing the spirit and history of Arsenal Football Club, the new away shirt features a specially designed crest to highlight the proud origins of the Club 125 years ago.
The celebratory badge design features 15 laurel leaves to the left side of the Club’s crest to reflect the detail on the reverse of the sixpence pieces paid by 15 men to establish the Club in Woolwich in 1886. The 15 oak leaves to the right of the crest pay tribute to the founders who would meet in the local Royal Oak pub. Underneath the crest is one of the Club’s first recorded mottos – ‘Forward’ – with the anniversary dates of 1886 and 2011 either side.
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The new away kit is also very eco-friendly, fabricated using Nike’s ground-breaking recycled polyester, which this season for the first time includes both the shirt and shorts. Each complete kit is made up of up to 13 reclaimed plastic water bottles.
(see below for the new 2011/12 home kit)
Unfortunately it looks inevitable that our talismanic captain Cesc Fabregas will finally make his dream return to Barcelona, The Mirror reports that a deal could be reached as early as this weekend, with the club having already conceded that an improved bid will allow Fabregas to return to the Nou Camp. The Gunners heirachy initally wanted between £40 million and £60m for their captain however they look to be willing to accept a bid around the £35m. The bookies are now placing Fabregas’ return to the Catalonian giants at an inevitable 1/5. Looks like we have lost Fabregas I’m very afraid to say 🙁