Nike has released the new Arsenal home shirt for the 2012-13 season and it’s available to buy here.
Nike wanted to reflect Arsenal’s great heritage and the new home shirt for the 2012-13 season pays tribute to the North London club’s visionary past and bright future, inspired by 126 years of innovation and style.
Nike recognised that Arsenal Football Club has a proud tradition of innovation and change. One of Arsenal’s most respected managers, Herbert Chapman, who managed the club from the mid 1920’s to the mid 1930’s, is a perfect example. He championed the use of floodlights, numbered shirts and white footballs that helped to shape the modern game. Nike, has produced a home kit that not only pays tribute to the club’s proud heritage but also provides players and fans with a modern and stylish new kit.
You can see from the photo’s below that the shirt has the traditional red body with white sleeves but there is now a blue (obsidian) hoop detail on the collar, sleeves and socks. Blue (obsidian) has long been used as a third colour on Arsenal’s jerseys throughout their history and also features in the Arsenal crest. It’s inclusion in the new kit for the 2012-13 season recognises the past but also gives it a fresh, bold look.
Heritage details include an inner neck graphic which reads; ‘Victoria Concordia Crescit’ (the club’s latin logo meaning ‘Victory Through Harmony’). The outer neck graphic is a nod to Chapman’s famous ‘WM formation’ that galvanised and shaped the modern game.
The new kit not only combines modern sport and youth style to give the club an iconic new look, but Nike’s innovation gives the team their most technologically advanced kit to aid athlete comfort and performance.
The new home kit is made from Nike’s ground-breaking recycled polyester, making it Nike’s most environmentally friendly kit ever produced. Each kit (shirt and shorts) is made using up to thirteen recycled plastic water bottles. This innovative manufacturing process reduces energy consumption by up to 30% compared to manufacturing traditional polyester. Since 2010 Nike has used an estimated 1115 million recycled plastic bottles to create its high performance kits.
The new Arsenal home shirt for the 2012-13 season is available here.
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