Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It's just not Arsenal

You don't have to search long to find outrage over the decision by ARSENAL to change their shirt scheme for the upcoming PREMIER LEAGUE season.
Gone is the distinctive red shirts with all-white sleeves.
As Richard Williams explained in the GUARDIAN:
"For 75 years, then, those sleeves have been part of Arsenal's identity and you do not have to be a fan of the club to feel outraged by the first sight of the new home strip to be worn by (manager Arsène) Wenger's team next season. The white sleeves have gone, replaced by two stripes."
It seems to me to be akin to the New York Yankees discarding the interlocking "N" and "Y" on their caps, or Les Canadiens de Montréal dispensing with their distinctive, "CH" logo on the hockey sweaters.
There's something that seems inherently wrong with Arsenal changing their shirts.
(I realize the Gunners wore an all-redcurrant shirt during 2005-06, but that was a one-off, a way to bid goodbye to their historic Highbury ground.)
Williams again writes what many association football traditionalists (myself included) are thinking these days"
"What could they have been thinking of, to allow the marketing men to trample on such a valued piece of history?"
Hear hear.


Blogger Webbie said...

It doesn't look that bad. The new season shirt for Man City (my team) looks worse.

8:48 PM  

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