SoccerBible are excited to officially unveil the new Arsenal FC 125th Anniversary 2011-12 Home Kit! A club built on strong foundations and traditions, the new classic design pays homage to the London clubs rich and illustrious history.
Nike and Arsenal have worked in partnership to create one of the most technically advanced kits that pays tribute to the founding members of one of England’s most prestigious football clubs...
Capturing the spirit and history of Arsenal Football Club, the new Arsenal home shirt features a bespoke crest to highlight the proud origins of the Club 125 years ago. The celebratory design features 15 laurel leaves to the left side of the Club’s crest to reflect the detail on the reverse of the six pence pieces paid by 15 men to establish the Club – the laurel leaves also represent strength.
The 15 oak leaves to the right of the crest acknowledge the founders who would meet in the local Royal Oak pub. Underneath the crest is one of the first recorded mottos related to the armament and battle - 'Forward' - with the anniversary dates of 1886 and 2011 either side of the heart of the shirt.
The classic design is inspired by the 1970’s strips and boasts a clean, refined look with a block red body and white sleeves with red speed stripe detail. The shorts are white with a red speed stripe. On the back of the shirt below the neck reads ‘Arsenal’, while inside the front, on the back of the crest, reads ‘Victoria Concordia Crescit’, (‘Victory Through Harmony’), Arsenal’s Latin motto, which was previously featured on earlier versions of their club crest between 1949 and 2002.
The new Arsenal 2011-12 home kit is made from Nike’s ground-breaking recycled polyester – which for the first time includes both the shirt and shorts. Each complete Nike football kit is made up of up to thirteen reclaimed plastic water bottles.
In Nike's mission to make everything lighter, the improved Nike Dri-Fit fabric is now an impressive 13% lighter than previous Nike kits. This difference helps to quickly evaporate moisture by drawing through the fabric to the surface, keeping players dry. For the first time on an Arsenal shirt, the new Arsenal anniversary crest is heat transferred, making it even lighter and more ventilated.
As a side note, it looks like we are in line for a new upcoming CTR360 colourway with Cesc Fabregas seen wearing an unreleased CTR. Once again, Nike's promotional replica imagery has provided us with an exciting new boot spot!
Along side the new Arsenal 125th Anniversary Home Shirt, Nike will launch a classy new line of Arsenal training and lifestyle clothing that will be worn by Arsenal players on and off the pitch during match-days.
The new Nike Arsenal 2011-12 home kit and full collection is available to pre order as of today and will be in stores form June 9. Let us know what you think of the new Arsenal 125th Anniversary Home Kit. Join the conversations with the SoccerBible community online, on Twitter and on Facebook.