At Home - Arsenal Wears Away Kit Against Basel - Here is Why

UEFA have announced that Arsenal are required to wear their away kit for this evening's Champions League match. This unusual situation is due to the fact Arsenal' home shirt clashes with Basel's red, blue and black home strip and that the Swiss club does not have a third strip.

Basel Away Kit Unacceptable Because of White Arsenal Home Kit Sleeves

However, while the Basel home kit clashes at least in UEFA's view with Arsenal's red home jersey because of the blue-and-red half-and-half design, Basel's all white away strip is also deemed unacceptable due to the white sleeves of Arsenal's home kit. Basel do not have a third strip.

It's not the first time Arsenal have worn an away strip at home. In 1998/99, the official UEFA kit policy dictated that any clash in first choice kits led to the home team changing shirts – so Arsenal wore their away kit at home to Lens for example.

Pre-Champions League, there was a similar policy in the early 1990s. This forced Arsenal amongst others to wear their away kit in the home game against Benfica in 1991.

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