Full kit wrangle: Arsenal will now play in white shorts in Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley as EFL reverses original decision
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It’s enough to put your knickers in a twist – after being widely announced Arsenal would play the Carabao Cup final in red shorts the EFL has now decided Arsene Wenger’s men will wear white shorts.
Due to a colour clash with fellow Wembley finalists Manchester City the Gunners were set to don the unusual strip of red shirts and red shorts.
However an Arsenal spokesman confirmed to the Islington Gazette the Gunners would definitely play in white shorts as part of their traditional full home kit.
After consideration the EFL decided both clubs will wear white shorts meaning Arsene Wenger’s men will play in red shirts, white shorts and red socks.
The move by the EFL in a post on their website reverses their initial decision and puts an end to the notion of Arsenal wearing red shorts in a Wembley final.
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After nearly four decades without so much as a glimpse the North Londoners were set to wear red shorts for the second time in two months at the showpiece on Sunday.
Prior to wearing them during the 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns on New Years Eve, the North Londoners last sported red shorts on April 11, 1978 against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in a 2-1 defeat in front of 25,683 fans.
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Arsene Wenger’s men would not be able to wear their light blue away kit as that would also clash with City, who will play in their home strip.
In last term’s FA Cup semi-final and also during a Premier League 2 game in August, City wore blue shorts.
When Arsenal lost 3-1 to Pep Guardiola’s City at the Etihad in November they wore their black and pink third strip.