Arsenal have officially released their new third kit for the 2017/18 season, with unsettled duo Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud snapped wearing it on the club’s official site.
The Gunners are preparing for the start of their pre-season tour in Australia, and are seemingly set to wear this experimental new strip in one or more of their upcoming matches.
This is the first time Arsenal have ever worn black, though they have used their third choice kits to be a little more adventurous with their designs in recent seasons.
It is not entirely clear why the club have released their third kit before confirming their first choice away shirt, which is expected to be light blue – another non-traditional new look for the north Londoners.
Intriguingly for Arsenal fans, the image on the official site today sees both Sanchez and Giroud alongside Theo Walcott modelling the new shirt, which could suggest they’re both set to stay at the Emirates Stadium.
Sanchez has been strongly liked with Manchester City as he heads into the final year of his contract, though Arsene Wenger has insisted he won’t be sold and it is now expected that he will leave on a free in a year’s time.
Giroud, meanwhile, was initially linked with Lyon as part of the deal for Alexandre Lacazette, though he has since emerged as a target for Everton and West Ham as that failed to materialise.
Arsenal fans will certainly be hoping both players are around to wear the new kit next season.