Later tonight, Arsenal will face FC Basel wearing their unfamiliar yellow away kit in Wednesday’s Champions League group stage match due to their home kit clashing with the visitors’ away shirt, as reported by the Evening Standard.
UEFA have deemed it necessary to order the Gunners to wear the changed strip as their home kit, which has white sleeves, could be considered as a colour clash with Basel’s all white away kit.
European football’s governing body would usually demand the away team to wear their home kit but the Swiss giants, who do not have a third kit, have a home strip that contains red, blue and black – colours that would seemingly cause confusion too.
Arsenal have informed their supporters of the change on their website and highlighted a similar situation that occurred in the 1998/99 season.
It read: “Supporters will recall that it’s not the first time Arsenal have worn an away strip at home.
“In season 1998/99, the official Uefa kit policy dictated that any clash in first choice kits led to the home team changing shirts – hence we wore our away kit at home to Lens for example.”
Arsenal head into their second group stage match with just one point after an away draw with Paris Saint-Germain, but are in an upbeat mood after their 3-0 thrashing of Chelsea on the weekend.