Arsenal are expected to modify their kit for the 2019/20 season by adding a sleeve sponsor to the shirt for the first ever time.

Arsenal’s current shirt sponsorship with Emirates expires at the end of the 18/19 season and it was reported by the Telegraph, one of the most reliable Arsenal news sources around, that they will look to negotiate a sleeve sponsor separately.

Daily Telegraph 17 February, 2018

The club are said to be making the move to try and close the commercial gap between themselves and the Manchester sides and Arsenal’s commercial ability has often come in for criticism from fans.

At present, Arsenal lag behind both the red and blue sides of Manchester by a sum in excess of £100m.

Arsenal’s deal with Puma, the largest of it’s kind when it was first signed, was quickly eclipsed by other clubs in the division and there are strong rumours that they will move to Adidas when this deal expires at the same time as their agreement with Emirates.

Chelsea and Manchester City currently earn around £8m from sleeve sponsorship deals while Manchester United get £15m from their training kit sponsors.

Did you know...

Arsenal first introduced a shirt sponsor in 1981, when JVC first adorned the club shirts. The next major change was when the club changed the Arsenal badge in 2002.