As you may have heard, there is a strong likelihood that the Arsenal FC's kit will be made by adidas as of either 2013-14 or 2014-15 so this competition is to design new Gunners kits that the German manufacturer would be proud of.
For obvious reasons all entries should have adidas as manufacturer but everything else is up to you. Home, Away, Third, goalkeeper kits are all welcome, with any style of crest, number font and any sponsor, though a level of authenticity may work best.
As is standard with DF competitions, selected entries will be featured on the DF facebook page and tweeted and designs already uploaded to Football Shirt Culture's Fantasy Kit Designs or the DF galleries are both eligible and welcome so please don't hesitate to include them.
The competition will close at 23:59 on Saturday 8th September 2012 and the winner(s) - chosen by me - will be announced shortly afterwards.
Update - 9/9/12: The competition is now closed. Details of winner(s) to follow.
Update - 12/9/12: It's about time the winners of this competition were announced. To help choose I enlisted my twitter sparring partner, regular True Colours contributor, owner/manager of Pride In The Jersey and Cork City Kits and DF member Denis Hurley (denishurley), who is also, handily, an Arsenal fan.
True to form, we couldn't agree on all the selections so we settled on him choosing a Home kit, me an Away and then we did actually see eye-to-eye on the Third/one-off kit.
Denis went with Steevo's 1988-90-referencing Home kit. He ignored my protestations that a true '88 retread should have more blue on the shorts - and red socks - and instead was seduced by the undeniably brilliant compromise crest. A worthy winner there.
For the Away, this might be a controversial choice but I plumped for another retro effort, arius85's green and navy number. Yes, the 1982-83 kit it references was abandoned early due to its unpopularity, but that design has now passed into Gooner folklore and arius85 did a brilliant job updating it.
Denis and I did come to the collective conclusion that Corstorph's redcurrant and gold design had to be included, simply because it took the hugely popular Nike kit of 2005-06 and gave it an adidas twist in an original way. That said, when and why it would be thrown into action over a season, perhaps as a Third kit, was beyond us.
So well done to the winners and everyone who entered. It was a hugely difficult competition to judge because the standard was, again, so high. Now we'll have to see if there actually is truth in the rumours and, if so, what adidas come up with in reality...