The Banana Evolution

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She wore, she wore, she wore a yellow ribbon on the very month of May. And when I asked as to why she wore that ribbon, she said it’s for The Arsenal and we’re off to Wembley. Wembely, Wembley, we’re the famous Arsenal and we’re off to Wembley…

So yellow is in our Arsenal blood away from home. Its tradition. And today we unveiled the next evolution of our favourite banana coloured kit. It’s Nike’s last with The Arsenal (before we move to Puma) and I’m glad its a nice one and goes back to our roots.

But have we always been yellow away? We’ve always been red (or redcurrent) at home following Nottingham Forrest’s kit donation when we first formed, but we haven’t always been yellow. It seems, don’t mess with home kits, but do what you like with the away kits. We probably only play in it 25% of every season.

Arsenal yellow away (2nd strip) history:

  • 1950-1952
  • 1969-1982
  • 1983-1994
  • 1996-2002
  • 2003-2004
  • 2005-2007
  • 2008-2009
  • 2013-2014

But does everyone have a favourite? We now have had more or less 8 versions of yellow being our 2nd kit. My top 3:


1988-1989 and 2008-2009 – two yellow kits with one celebrating the anniversary of the other  – the strip we won at Anfield with!


2003-2004 – Simple, classic, Invincible


1971-She wore a yellow ribbon

However, I can’t let this post go by without giving profile to the very kit that gave its name to this blog. Our very own banana away kit 1991-1993:

But I end this post with what I started with.Today we unveiled (not quite the stunt we expected) our new, 1 season only, away kit. I quite like it.

Future legends: Six of Arsenal's British stars unveiled their new away kit

For info on all our away kit history, visit:

Funny, Bleacher Report did their top 10 Arsenal away kits (  – they were all yellow too!!


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