When adidas unveiled their new Arsenal kits back in the summer, things were looking up for the Gunners.
A new sponsorship deal with a giant of the sportswear game, Nicolas Pepe arrival for just the £72m, and David Luiz for what looked like a bargain. Even the folks over at AFTV were looking forward to the first game of the season.
Fast-forward six months and things haven’t exactly gone to plan. Arsenal have won just five of their 16 games in the Premier League and Unai Emery has been shown the door; much to the delight of some of the north Londoners' fan base.
So a win against West Ham on a cold December evening was just the remedy to warm the fans' hearts, and to relieve the poor folks over at adidas who, presumably, have had to sit on this collection for 62 days whilst they waited for Arsenal to get a win.
Ian Wright had actually tweeted about the drop before the Gunners took on the Hammers on Monday evening, so either adidas were confident of Arsenal getting the W...or they just got tired of waiting.
Regardless, on Tuesday morning the brand with the three stripes announced they were launching a retro Originals Bruised Banana collection featuring five individual pieces; the OG ‘Bruised Banana’ jersey, a crew neck, tracksuit tops and bottoms. It's a vintage smorgasbord that even the most enraged Arsenal supporter will feel a desire to grab before Christmas.
The collection comes accompanied with a slick hero film that will visually please even the hippest of fashionistas. It features cameo appearances for club legends old and new, and is underpinned by a catchy soundtrack from rock and roll pioneer, Bakar.
With this release and Freddie Ljungberg back in the dugout, things have started to feel incredibly nostalgic at Arsenal.
But with Manchester City, Everton, Manchester United and Chelsea coming up in their next five fixtures, we’d advise you to ride this nostalgia wave now - it might not last long.