Leaked photos of an upcoming Arsenal Premier League pre-match jersey show a pattern derived from an unusual source.
According to Footy headlines, manufacturer adidas has developed the new pre-match jersey in association with Transport to London (TfL), the agency that runs the public bus and subway (or “tube”) service in London. The jersey will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the name change of Gillespie Road Tube Station in 1932 to Armory station.
The pattern on the front of the shirts is taken from the upholstery pattern on the benches of some London Underground carriages.
The Arsenal crest appears on the jersey in blue and white, while the adidas logo is solid white. The sponsor’s logo appears white with a blue outline. The mock turtleneck collar is solid blue in color.
The back of the shirt is a darker shade of solid blue, with a custom logo on the back neck inspired by the London Underground logo.
According to Wikipedia, Arsenal moved to a new stadium at Highbury District north of London, near Gillespie Road station, in 1913. In the following years, efforts were made to change the station’s name, with the legendary Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman a fervent supporter of change.
On October 31, 1932, the station was officially renamed “Arsenal (Highbury Hill)”, although the suffix in parentheses was removed around 1960. It remains the only London Underground station to bear the direct name of a club of football.
In 2006, Arsenal moved from Highbury to nearby Emirates Stadium. The Arsenal station is still used by many fans who come and go to matches.
Footy Headlines also notes that this is not the first time that adidas has collaborated with TfL. On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the oyster card – a reloadable touch-to-pay card used throughout London’s transit system – in 2018, adidas launched three TfL-inspired sneakers.
Arsenal’s new pre-match jersey is expected to launch in early January 2022.
All photos, including main photo, courtesy Footy headlines unless otherwise stated