Arsenal Breaking News: Gunners' 2012-13 Away Jersey Is Leaked

Matthew SnyderAnalyst IIIMay 15, 2012

Noted website Football Shirt Culture has revealed a first look at what appears to be Arsenal's away jersey for the 2012-13 season.

While there has yet to be an official unveiling by the north London club, the website—one of the most popular around the world when it comes to football jerseys—is known as a reliable source for breaking news about jerseys.

Should this one turn out to be true, Arsenal fans will likely have reason to feel dismay.

The new home jersey—which will be used for the next two seasons—drew a somewhat tepid response, but it will likely look like a work of art compared to this away kit.

Once fans get past wondering whether the main color is purple or blue (it's rather difficult to tell from the picture), there comes the black stripes—and there are a lot of them. Something about the design hearkens an image of the Cheshire cat, of Alice and Wonderland fame.

Nike has been making an effort to explain the reasoning behind its choices for this season's crop of jerseys. As Sam Wallace wrote in The Independent, its marketing rhetoric has kicked into overdrive.

It should be interesting to see what it says about this Arsenal edition.