The latest thing that Manchester City, rather than Arsenal, will have is not Robin Van Persie, but Nike kits, according to an adidas employee. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist!)
— David Gubala (@DavidGubala) July 10, 2012
adidas employee, David Gubala took to Twitter to reveal that adidas and Arsenal, who are currently sponsored by Nike, were striking up a deal that could come into effect as soon as the 2013/14 season. The tweet sent Arsenal fans into a frenzy, with many of them happy that their club was ditching Nike for the three stripes. Arsenal’s current deal with Nike is set to expire in 2014, so we’re not too sure how Arsenal will, if all goes to plan, be wearing adidas kits come to the start of the 2013 season.
The Gunners actually wore adidas kits from 1986-94, the above being the one worn in from 92-94. Despite their recent lack of trophies, Arsenal still make a lot of money when it comes to kit sales, and made the fifth most out of all clubs from 2005-09, meaning it’d be a profitable investment for adidas. As Nike recently struck up a deal to manufacture Manchester City’s kits from the 2013/14 season onwards, we can only speculate that they won’t be hurting as much if Arsenal do sign with their rivals, simply because of the rapidly growing value of the Manchester club. At the other end of the spectrum, it could be that Nike are the ones dropping Arsenal, we’re really not sure.
Regardless of the circumstances, if Gubala is telling the truth, we’ve seen the last Arsenal home kit that Nike will produce for a while, as the current kit is set to be worn for the next two seasons.
What do you think, are Nike dropping Arsenal due to their lack of success (like adidas did to Liverpool), have the Gunners simply opted to sign with adidas rather than extend their contract? Leave your theories in the section below!