Bizzare revelation – Why Arsenal wears red and white sleeves

By now, there is a significant body of evidence to suggest that Arsenal really struggle with opponents that set out to press them high up the pitch. However, we delve into our jersey colour.

The reason Arsenal wears the red and white kits till date was the reason of lack of funds.

Back in 1886, Arsenal wasn’t a professional football club and was actually known as Dial Square FC, which is where we were based. This meant that not only did we not yet have a proper strip, we also didn’t have a great deal of money.

At that time, Dial Square FC made the decision to use their old kits, where they signed three players from Nottingham Forest, the dark red with white socks and long sleeves.

Dial Square FC continued with this  and went on with this when they began playing at Highbury in 1913/14.

The report further stated that :

Although another Theory is that Dial Square FC wrote to Nottingham Forest and asked for help with them kitting us out.

However, it changed in.1925 with the arrival of Herbert Chapman.

As the Arsenal website points out, there are a couple of theories on how Chapman came up with the red and white strip we see our players wearing today.

Basically the gist is that he saw someone (either a fan or famous cartoonist Tom Webster) wearing a sleeveless red sweater over a white shirt. This is what inspired the now famous red and white strip.

In the 1960s, the top was adapted into a jersey, rather than long sleeved shirt. Around the same time the canon graphic replaced the club badge.


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