As the Premier League season approaches, Arsenal have unveiled their eye-catching third new uniform. The Gunners will don a pink look for the 2022–23 season.
Representatives of the Arsenal community, including Tayshan Hayden-Smith, Sherelle, Jelani Blackman, and Melanin Skate Gals & Pals, graced the unveiling of the new third jersey.
The introduction of the north Londoners’ uniform carries on the celebration of the Arsenal community concept, honoring the club’s ardent supporter base and the incredible things they are doing within their various areas.
Navy shorts and pink socks are worn with the blouse, which is finished with trim in shades of clear and navy blue.
The ermine pattern on the shirt also harkens back to the Arsenal crest from the late 1940s.
Fans can now purchase the youth kit, which is available in both real and replica versions and comes in men’s and women’s fits.
Arsenal finished the previous campaign in their modernized version of the traditional red-and-white house style.
With this new shirt, the club has maintained its support for neighborhood programs.
The club specifically named Tayshan Hayden-Smith, Sherelle, Jelani Blackman, and Melanin Skate Gals & Pals as four community role models.
According to the club, these four sources of inspiration are;
A semi-professional football player and volunteer community gardener, Tayshan Hayden-Smith.
Tayshan played a season of professional football with FC Kitzbuhel in Austria, but it wasn’t until the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017 that he realized the positive social and environmental effects of gardening in a community setting.
Since then, he has revitalized his neighborhood by creating the “Grenfell Garden of Peace” and other green spaces around Grenfell Tower.
Sherelle, a DJ and label owner from North London, spent her entire youth playing football at the Peter May Sports Center, which is very adjacent to Hale End Academy.
She was inspired to carve out her own path of impact as one of the UK’s top DJs, voices, and campaigners in the dance music scene by the life lessons and experiences she gained while playing football.
Jelani Blackman is an Arsenal supporter who was raised in Ladbroke Grove and was born in Brixton. When Blackman relocated to Camden Town for college, his ties to Arsenal were even deeper.
By bringing representation to skating, the London-based collective Melanin Skate Gals & Pals gives BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) a safe space and a platform for minority voices to be heard.
The shirt is also adored by Emile Smith Rowe.
“With our home and away kits, we’ve already had two very excellent uniforms this summer. I really like this shirt; I hope the crowd does too. It’s a new color for Arsenal.”
On Friday, August 5, when they take on Crystal Palace in their inaugural Premier League game, the new third uniform will be worn for the first time on the field.