Thierry Henry made his return to the Emirates last night to help Arsenal launch their new Puma kit ahead of the 2015-16 season.
Attended by a strong crowd of fans who waited to catch a glimpse of the former Arsenal legend, Henry's presence certainly added to the spectacular occasion.
In what was an extravagant scene that easily could have been the setting to announce a record signing, Puma had pulled out all the stops to create a kit launch unlike any other.
Joined by a host of current players including Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck, Henry whipped the crowd into a frenzy before the players emerged from a specially crafted stage to display the new kit.
Speaking at the event Bellerin said of the new kit: "It's really nice, obviously red and white like people like it. It's got some nice features, bit stylish, I think it's going to look really good on all the fans."
Return of the gold kit?
Despite co-hosting the event, the opportunity wasn't missed for Henry to be questioned about his favourite kit during his playing days for the Gunners.
"I had some favourite kits throughout the years - it's kind of difficult to change, it's always going to be red and white! We changed some little stuff, but it obviously still looks like at Arsenal.
"I remember the burgundy one - that last year at Highbury was always going to be special, it was a special place for me. I also liked the gold kit, we never lost a game in it."
CONTINUING THE TREND
After starting a kit deal worth £30 million-a-year last year, Puma have continued a trend of elaborate launches, albeit on a grander scale this time around.
Last year the sportswear giants held the Arsenal kit-launch at their flagship store in Carnaby Street.
Employing the services of Mikel Arteta, Cazorla and Mathieu Flamini, the trio stood as mannequins in the store window displaying the kit to a flurry of media and fans in attendance.
Upping the ante this time around, fans face a long wait to see what Puma will deliver in next year's launch.
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