by Shazwan Zulkiffli
Football jerseys are the uniforms of battle for football clubs and over the years, major sports brands have been competing to show dominance in football leagues by partnering with footy giants. The demand of the third kit, a third option after the first and second kits, also started to pick up a few years ago when football clubs and brands realised its importance.
English giant Arsenal has been known for their red and white jersey. Usually, their second kit is yellow but this year, their kit partners PUMA stepped it up a notch and delivered progressive designs for their new kits. The third kit stole our attention the most, because this will be Arsenal’s first time wearing turquoise in the Premier League.
The kit was launched in Singapore’s Esplanade, in conjunction with their visit to the region for the International Champion’s Cup. The launching event attracted thousands of Gunners and other football fans to meet striker Alexandre Lacazette, right-back Hector Bellerin, legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech, and new signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos. What’s interesting was the creative partnership between Singaporean streetwear artist Mark Ong and Arsenal football club to produce the Singapore-exclusive jersey designs that were sold out during the launching day itself.
The new third kit for the 2018-2019 season has a collar that’s hard to miss and two dark blue stripes around the lower sleeves.
On top of the momentous ceremony, Arsenal went on to beat French champions Paris Saint-Germain 5-1 at the Singapore National Stadium while wearing the spanking new turquoise-colored third kit, captained by club star, Mesut Ozil.