What Arsenal will wear for the first time in 40 years against West Brom

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Arsene Wenger will be making history by managing his 811th Premier League game today as Arsenal take on West Brom.

That will eclipse Sir Alex Ferguson’s record that he set at Manchester United, making Wenger the most experienced manager the league has ever seen.

But Wenger won’t be the only one re-writing history.

That’s because Arsenal’s kit will also do that.

The Gunners are set to wear an all-red kit for the first time in 40 years. They are ditching their white shorts because they would clash with West Brom’s white shorts.

And Arsenal’s blue away and black third kit were deemed too much of a clash with West Brom’s home colours.

Premier League rules state: “When playing in league matches the players of each participating club shall wear strip which is of a sufficient contrast that match officials, spectators and television viewers will be able to distinguish clearly between the two teams.”

Arsenal once wore an all-red kit during Boxing Day clash against Southampton at Highbury in 1970 as the white shorts clashed with the snow.

The last time the shorts were worn was against QPR in 1978.


Arsenal fans probably don’t care too much about what colour kit they will be wearing as long as they pick up all three points.

Wenger’s side sit in sixth and need a win to move within a point of Liverpool in fourth spot. It would also take them above north London rivals Spurs, who they are level on points with.

As for West Brom, they’re currently bottom of the table after Swansea’s victory against Watford on Saturday.

Alan Pardew would like nothing better than to get one over Wenger at the Hawthorns.

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