Arsenal Unveil Blue Away Kit Ahead of 2017-18 Season

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19: A general view of an Arsenal badge on the outside of the stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League group A match between Arsenal FC and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at the Emirates Stadium on October 19, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Arsenal unveiled a blue away strip for the upcoming 2017-18 season on Thursday. 

Puma Football released the following clip of the new jersey alongside the others the club will wear in the upcoming campaign:

Here's Hector Bellerin in the blue kit:

In a press release sent to Bleacher Report, Puma noted that the colour of the jersey has the club's traditions in mind: "Arsenal first incorporated blue into their kit in 1892 and since then has been featured in numerous away kits over the decades, cementing itself into Arsenal folklore. While keeping a focus on tradition and giving a subtle nod to the '90s with the blue two-tone treatment, Puma has incorporated a modern and stylish graphic fade made up of repeat silhouettes of the club's crest."

Sportswriter Rory Briggs provided further images of Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil in the away kit, suggesting it will split opinion in the fanbase:

It's noted that supporters can buy the strip from July 27, with the kit set to make its debut two days later, when Arsenal face Benfica in the Emirates Cup. The team may also don the blue strip in their second Premier League game of the season, away at Stoke City on Aug. 19.

The Gunners have already unveiled their red-and-white home strip for the campaign, as well as a black third kit that contains a pink trim.