Arsenal will wear an updated version of their third kit shirt on Wednesday, with tributes to the NHS and the Black Lives Matter movement.
With the circumstances of the Premier League’s return on Wednesday, Arsenal will wear an updated third kit shirt to recognise and pay tribute to the current situation.
The club posted pictures on Twitter to show the shirt with a “Black Lives Matter” logo on the sleeve and an NHS heart in the centre of the chest.
Photos from ITV also reveal that the shirts will replace names with the text “Black Lives Matter” (as seen below).
The official Premier League restart guide explains that this text will replace player names for the first 12 games. In other words, the two fixtures on Wednesday and the first full round of matches for all teams over the weekend.
After that, the sleeve patch and NHS badge will remain on the shirts for the remainder of the season, but the usual player names will return to the back of the shirts.
The Premier League also say they’ll support any players taking a knee before or during matches.
Though these are all largely ceremonial gestures, it’s still nice to see the league taking a stance. If it starts up conversations around BLM with the millions of people watching and helps a few NHS workers feel more appreciated, I guess it did its job.