Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno was seen wearing the club’s away shirt in their loss to Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday.
Fans and viewers were left puzzled by the decision to wear the shirt as the green goalkeeper kit did not clash with Edouard Mendy’s grey Chelsea number or the referees black top.
The Premier League rules do stipulate that goalkeepers can’t wear the same colour kits, so an alternative must be found.
Arsenal do have three colour options for goalkeeper kits: orange, green and blue.
The curse of the away shirt
The Arsenal keeper has worn the away shirt on just a handful of occasions including last season.
He did this against Wolves last season to avoid a kit clash with opposition keeper Rui Patricio and against Brentford in the Premier League opener.
Leno’s form when opting for an Arsenal away top is bizarrely poor.
He has conceded six goals and sustained three losses, while Arsenal have only mustered one goal while he wears the away jersey.
There hasn’t been an official explanation as to why Leno opted for the Arsenal away kit against Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday but there are a few reasons you might not expect.
One potential reason is to benefit fans who are colour blind, as the green goalkeeper shirt would clash with the opposition players in blue.
Arsenal’s new away kit was actually made to be available as an option for the goalkeepers to wear in matches alongside the home goalkeeper kit.
It was confirmed before the season that the keepers would be wearing the shirt.
Fans on twitter questioned the decision: “Why did he wear that today? With all options he could have worn very strange.”
Another added: “Why was leno wearing arsenal’s away kit? I’m still so confused!”
Some even claimed it was a mistake: “Even the kitman’s on the verge of getting sacked..”
The kit features the canon crest as opposed to the badge itself, while adidas explain the shirt is to keep ‘club’s players firing on all cylinders on the pitch’.
Adidas also describe the choice of shirt: “Sealing the double in 1971 to delivering that final blow in 1989, some of Arsenal’s greatest football memories are highlighted in yellow”.