Arsenal have gone underground for their new kit – and copied the blue and white seat pattern from the Piccadilly tube line that runs ahead of their Emirates Stadium in north London for their pre-match strip.
The design has been met with mixed sentiments from fans, with one comparing it to a “dusty train seat cover”. But it could have been worse — here we show how other clubs have been stripped of the fan-design kit—from chewy sweets to spilled ketchup to apostrophes.
Image Research: Amy Reading
How many stops are there in Scunthorpe?
Soccer kit designers seem to have been inspired by public transportation for decades. This 1992 strip was from Scunthorpe United and featured a geometric pattern that resembled the seats on local buses. Luckily for fans, it was only a short wait until another one came along. , ,
Chelsea Bus Park
CHELSEA was cut for her 2019/20 strip, worn here. Social media users compared it to a stagecoach bus seat. There isn’t much transportation for elite players.
room for another top
Manchester United was another club that just caught the bug. When they unveiled the home kit for the 20/21 season, the owners were torn apart by fans on social media.
The club’s signature red kit featured small yellow and black rectangles that looked like the seat of a bus – and were rapidly dug out.
Did you feed the canary?
What do Norwich City FC and Subway have in common? Besides the fact that they both make for contrasting subs, they also share a color scheme.
Canaries have sported a yellow and green stripe since the club’s president – a canary breeder – took over in 1907.
It is unfortunate that players are now comparing themselves to fast food wrappers.
fan in mac attack
Liverpool fans this season compared the club’s third kit to the outfit of fast-food clown Ronald McDonald. In addition to the yellow top with red detailing, promotional shots featured players posing in front of red and white checks. Even McDonald’s tweeted: ‘OMG I love your top, where did you get this’. But not everyone was loving it.
saints professional hen
In another fast food fiasco, Southampton’s 2015/16 kit was compared to a KFC takeaway bucket by fans.
However, the Saints’ red and white kit goes much further than the American food chain. The football team was started in 1885, while Colonel Sanders didn’t start whipping up fried chicken in Kentucky until 1952.
Bilbao’s Amusement Sauce
To mark the centenary of Athletic Bilbao, in 2004 the Spanish club invited an artist to design a strip based on the art at the city’s Guggenheim Museum.
To depict the splatter of blood, the shirt was compared with a splatter of ketchup.
Here Javier Casas is trying to play football while it looks like he should have a chip with him. It was only worn for one tournament before being sold.
city salad day
MAN City legend Sergio Aguero loves his fashion and wears clothes from top brands like Balenciaga or Gucci. That’s why he and the rest of the squad were ridiculed for this 2019 pink and yellow kit, which fans compared to old-fashioned sweets. Were those drumstick lollies? Or fruit salad? Or rhubarb and custard? Difficult to chew , ,