Arsenal will wear their dark blue third kit against Manchester City on Wednesday, with the hosts wearing their blue home kit.
Arsenal Matchday report that Arsenal will ‘mostly’ be wearing the blue third kit against Manchester City. What exactly the ‘mostly’ means is anyone’s guess, perhaps a change of socks?
Instead of wearing the red home shirt, or the yellow away one, Arsenal will travel to a team that wear blue wearing blue.
In fairness, this decision isn’t entirely without precedent. Chelsea almost always wear their blue home kit away to Manchester City, given it’s a much darker shade. Although personally, that always annoyed me when watching.
The whole point of the different kits is to make players easily identifiable at a glance. When it’s red/yellow vs blue, it’s hard to make a mistake. When it’s dark blue vs light blue, you might be caught out by a shirt catching the light at the edge of your vision.
Of course, the point of different kits in modern football is to sell more kits. From that perspective, it makes perfect sense why Arsenal would push to wear their third kit. They don’t have any more European away days to air it in after all.