Arsenal have today formally announced that Puma will take over from Nike as the club’s kit supplier on 1 July 2014.
The deal, estimated to be worth £150m over 5 years, was announced this afternoon at Emirates Stadium. The home kit is a traditional red and white, and Puma have played it clever with a yellow and blue away kit for their first season.
A third kit will also be revealed, which is blue with green trim, which Puma see as Arsenal’s ‘cup kit’ and is earmarked for fixtures in Europe and in both domestic cup competitions.
Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said, “We are excited to be partnering with PUMA, a company whose football heritage and record of innovation have a strong affinity with out own. This represents another important step forward in Arsenal’s progression on and off the pitch.
While there was the usual marketing bumph from Puma who said, “Arsenal have been a key strategic target for PUMA for a number of years now. Through a clear commercial vision, a well-defined sports marketing strategy and a relentless enthusiasm within the PUMA organisation, we’re proud to have signed this partnership with a truly global football club.
“As we enter a new era in our company history, Arsenal represents a major commercial and marketing opportunity to reinforce PUMA’s credibility as a global sports brand, and we have full confidence the plans in place to activate this partnership will have a significant global impact.”
Arsenal already have a number of Puma sponsored players, including Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud.