This season Arsenal will be playing pink for the first time with the launch of their brand new third kit for the 2022-23 campaign.
While pink has been chosen for both goalie stripes and decorative trim before, the Gunners have never used the pink hue as their main color for an outfield jersey until now.
The tangy shade of pink is encrusted with a subtle ‘ermine’ pattern which echoes the repeating pattern used on the shield of Arsenal’s club crest, circa 1949-2002. The ermine is a heraldic image often used in coats of arms and is said to represent the fur of an ermine, from which it takes its name.
With the barrel facing west and the Latin motto “Victoria Concordia crescit” (Victory grows out of harmony) The ermine design was originally revealed as part of the Gunners’ new badge when it debuted in the first match schedule of the 1949-season. 50. It was then discontinued in 2002 when the club introduced their new simplified crest, which can still be found on their shirts to this day.
As well as the handsome pink shirt, the 2022-23 third kit is completed with contrasting navy trim, navy shorts and matching pink socks.
Our third Arsenal 22/23 kit has arrived! 🦩
Available now from Arsenal Direct, https://t.co/OblCU7YfdX and selected resellers 👇
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 29, 2022
As with this season’s home and away kits, Arsenal continue to celebrate their local community through the launch of the third strip. The pink and navy ensemble serves as a visual salute to the passionate base of support they have in North West London and in particular to the more creative members of the borough.
From musicians to DJs and producers, skateboarders and even budding young urban gardeners, Arsenal celebrates the passions of its supporters.
The 2022-23 home kit was launched as part of a project which saw £5 from every club store sale donated directly to the Arsenal Foundation (which supports a plethora of local community-focused initiatives.)
Meanwhile, the corresponding away kit, which was released while the Gunners toured the United States in July, featured a film featuring Aston fan Mack, who founded the Orlando Freedom Fighters organization after first being made known by wearing a replica Arsenal shirt at a Black Lives Matter protest in Orlando in the summer of 2020.