Arsenal’s new kit is not only pinkish – It has Visit Rwanda on it

So despite us all having seen the leaked pictures of our new PUMA home kit with the pink armbands, it has only just now been officially unveiled by Arsenal on their official website.

Of course the announcement came with lots of pretty publicity shots, most of which had also been linked previously like this one…

But now just a day later we also find out that the pink armband will be featuring the words “Visit Rwanda” for the next three years. This is another moneymaking scheme dreamt up by Gazidis and his team, and although it is sure to be bringing ion many millions in sponsorship payments, I am not sure that it is really relevant to Arsenal fans.

I guess it is not too intrusive, but I am not too sure whether there will suddenly be thouands of Arsenal fans booking their flights or deciding to open new businesses in the African country, but I guess you never know! Anyway this is what it will look like….

So as this deal is to raise awareness of Rwanda I will add the comments from the Rwanda Development Board chief executive officer, Clare Akamanzi, who said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Arsenal and showcasing the vibrancy and beauty of our country. Rwanda is a country pulsing with energy, creativity and innovation.

“Visit Rwanda and discover why we are the second fastest growing economy in Africa. Investors in Rwanda are able to register their businesses in only six hours and prepare to enjoy the opportunities accrued from the free trade agreements that we’ve signed with over 50 countries.

“Renowned for our incredible and unique Mountain Gorilla tracking experience, tourists can also enjoy a variety of water sports, cycling, hiking, bird watching to list a few of the tourist attractions available while in Rwanda.”

Well every penny counts when Arsenal is trying hard to keep up with the moneybags Big Boys in the Premier League, but do you think this is just a little bit of capitalism gone mad?



  1. Sue says:

    Not that keen on the collar, or lack of!
    The sleeve sponsor will bring in a load of cash, for a few new players I hope!
    I don’t think Emery will take any crap, bet he’ll have plenty of rockets for those backsides!!!

  2. Muff diver says:

    Horrendous kit .
    It’s almost like one final f u from puma .
    Won’t be buying this mess
    the collar belongs on a catwalk .
    80 quid saved

    Anyway Emery has spoken in English no less .
    Like what he’s been saying .

    Welcome unai . Glad your here

  3. GB says:

    A lot of clubs have sleeve advertising, at least it’s not gambling. Sleeve bands do look pink from distance but they are in fact thin red lines.

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  4. jon fox says:

    “Capitalism gone mad”? Who are you expecting to answer that question; Jeremy Corbyn perhaps? The whole pink tiny strip is relevant to Gooners only as a way of bringing in more club money or to those who want to visit Rwanda or have some other involvement there. It is hardly of earth shattering importance is it! Or to put it more accurately; NEXT TOPIC PLEASE!

  5. TheJad says:

    Worst arsenal kit I’ve ever seen. Probably worst in league next season. If we had Arteta n this I would stop watching football. Lucky !

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  6. GB says:

    Just watched Emery’s press conference on Sky, his English was better than we have been led to believe and I like his knowledge of the club and players.

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        ? I wish my Spanish was as good!

  7. ThirdManJW says:

    Horrible kit, but luckily I don’t give Arsenal any of my money anymore, and I haven’t for years!

  8. Heyzee says:

    I just hope Emery is discipline enough to bring the best out of Iwobi(who I feel has been treated harshly here,maybe we’d have had lots of “he is still a kid” comments if only he was English,Bellerin,Maitland Niles and Wilshere…I feel all the aforementioned players were massively underutilized by Wenger…better days are ahead.

    1. Phil says:

      Bellerin was first choice and played every week
      Wilshere was played from December onwards when fit despite performances that clearly didn’t warrant his place in the side
      AMN was gradually introduced but should have been used more as a CDM as his performance at Old Trafford proved

  9. Phil says:

    In regards the new kit-Thank god we are ditching Puma for Adidas as from the end of next season.The designs of the kits they have produced and the training gear as well belong more to a Club like Barnett than Arsenal

    1. Dory says:

      I agree. Puma kits are and have been terrible. Add to that they way they fit if you are trying to buy authentic or even replica kits is horrible too. I cannot wait for an Adidas kit. Adidas make classic good looking kits. Add to that the fact that Adidas kits fit the average joe a lot better. It will be nice to be able to buy on field version and fit into it.

      Also, Welcome Unai Emery! Saw his presser today and I am on board with him and his strategy. I also watched a video breakdown on his playing philosophy and tactics and I think he will be great for the Gunners.

      COYG!! Gooner for life.

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Dory, the “average joes” like me need to walk and hit the gym more!

  10. Big Charley says:

    And for everyone who said Ozil should be worried, I think Emery likes hi

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  11. Break-on-through says:

    I don’t like anything that f**ks with a teams home colors. This is too much, I’ve seen some sleeves just carry a small logo but Rwanda have went too far, the size of the bloody thing. If it was a well known company or something it’d just be a logo, these have changed the color as well as sticking visit Rwanda in bold lettering. Horrible.

    1. stubill says:

      Agreed, it’s bloody awful.

      Wouldn’t something like the Rolex crown be far more classy, and appropriate for a club like ours.

      There are so many premium brands out there, but we (they) have to go for Rwanda!

  12. Sheet Head says:

    I’m now thinking of visiting Rwanda ?? 🙁 I can’t stop thinking of Rwanda 🙁 🙁
    How strong is the Arsenal fanbase in Rwanda? What are mountain gorillas, are they like Joe in the movie “Mighty Joe Young” ?? I need to visit this country. I’m so curios..
    The advert seems to be working 🙁 🙁 🙁
    ION Emery can speak English, yipeeee 😀 😀 😀

    1. stubill says:

      He had an earpiece in, so he may have been given prompts, but fair play to him, he did it, much more than Pochettino did for his first year in the premier league.

    2. Okiror says:

      Uganda is better tourism country than Rwanda

  13. Blago says:

    So disappointed with Arsenal leadership. Why should a country ruled by a dictator appear on Arsenal shirtsleeves? Worst kit ever.

    1. Sheet Head says:

      Well, if the dictator guy got enough money to enable us buy Messi, then it’s a good deal 😀 😀
      And they can lend us a really huge, scary, badass montain gorrila which we can use as a DM to scare off opponents 😀 😀 😀
      Since Emery likes using videos, he can show the mountain gorilla the Rampage movie 😀 😀 😀 😀

  14. Sheet Head says:

    Oh my, I’m so anxious to watch Emery coach arsenal. I can’t wait for the pre-season to begin. Ohh my, anxiety is slowly shivering my little heart to an early stop 🙁 🙁
    I’m so curious. Curiosity will kill me! I hear cats regularly die of curiosity.
    I wish there was no world cup!

    1. jon fox says:

      Curiosity makes cats get into dangerous positions. That is why so many die of so called curiosity. I have had 13 in all and know about them. They are also killers. Wonder if Walcott has ever watched a cat! If he has, he has learned nothing from them. Even after he has been gone for a while, I still resent all the wasted years this weed inflicted his timidity on us.

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Jon, I shoot every one I see in the Australian bush. The feral ones are an imported apex predator and decimate our wild life. They are enormous. Keep your cats inside and equip them with a bell and they are nice little moggies!

  15. st sass says:

    the kit has nothing to do with performance, let’s focus on the way forward. welcome unai wishing you great success with@afc. coyg.

  16. Mbabazi Amon says:

    Your welcome emery ,let me hope you push us .and we will support you in situation. Your welcome to Arsenal

  17. jon fox says:

    Off topic – though this tiny pink strip one is a boring topic anyway, at least for me – but having listened thoroughly to Emery’s football philosophy on Sky Sports, I can only sigh that we did not get him years earlier. Imagine the thought of such as Ozil actually pressing and closing down opponents. Well no, actually I can’t imagine that and therefore think he will not be around long under Emery. Since he only plays full out around 1 in 4 anyway, either he changes completely, which I very much doubt, or we save his ludicrous wage of £350k per week, largely wasted on him. I can see us fairly soon playing like Liverpool or Spuds. No more passengers for Unai! YIPPEE! If he can make Mustafi and Bellerin defend properly he is more a miracle worker than a manager.

    1. stubill says:

      The problem is, he’s not going to be easy to shift on the salary he’s on. who else is going to pay £350k a week?

      1. jon fox says:

        Exactly! A problem we should never have had, but for Wenger !

        1. Ken1945 says:

          Wasn’t it you who told us that under the new setup it was Huss who controlled all the contract agreements?
          I may be wrong, but I think Huss was in place when Ozil signed his new contract, which, anyway, was sanctioned by the board and of course the owner.
          When will we be able to move on from the blame game and just listen to the wise words of our new manager about all things football?

          1. Ozziegunner says:

            Ken, I think re are right re negotiations by Sven and Raul.
            Hopefully Unai Emery will have such an impact on Ozil’s performance, that we no longer have this conversation.

  18. Mbabazi Amon says:

    Arsenal Uganda oyeeeeeeer, l love you Arsenal

  19. ger burke says:

    who really cares what style and shade the new jersey will be. the important thing is that the barren years are now well and truly behind us .

    1. jon fox says:

      My thoughts exactly. Personally, I don’t follow Arsenal to talk about minor fashion items. Who cares !

    2. Ken1945 says:

      That’s of course if we win something next season?
      Let’s hope it’s not the fa cup though, cause that isn’t a top trophy is it?
      That goes for the Europa cup as well, because that wasn’t even worth playing in!
      No, it’s the premier league or we are doomed yet again.
      Our expectations must not diminish just because you know who has departed.

  20. John Wick says:

    It could be worse we could of been playing the infamous backwards sidewards passing with that eyesore of a kit then we would have been really irked ? in all seriousness I don’t care if we wear red and white bin liners just as long as we become a force again! Football kits now are designed to please the younger generation.. I saw a teenager earlier wear burgundy trousers skin tight and a lime green t-shirt, that must be cool to todays youth so expect kits to get worse ?

  21. georgie b says:

    Hope the awful blue kit is gone. The black away kit thumbs up. The old blue and yellow away kit was good too.

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