Confirming previous reports, Arsenal and Puma have officially signed a new kit deal which will see Puma’s logo on Arsenal shirts as of the 2014-15 season.
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Effective on the 1st of July 2014, Puma will become the official kit supplier of Arsenal. In addition to producing the playing and training kits for all Arsenal teams, Puma has acquired wide-ranging licensing rights to develop other Arsenal branded merchandise on a global basis. This new deal is a massive achievement for the German owned company.
BjÃ¶rn Gulden, Chief Executive Officer for PUMA said: â€œArsenal have been a key strategic target for PUMA for a number of years now. Through a clear commercial vision, a well-defined sports marketing strategy and a relentless enthusiasm within the PUMA organisation, weâ€™re proud to have signed this partnership with a truly global football club. As we enter a new era in our company history, Arsenal represents a major commercial and marketing opportunity to reinforce PUMAâ€™s credibility as a global sports brand, and we have full confidence the plans in place to activate this partnership will have a significant global impact.â€
Puma and Arsenal will work together to bring further innovation into the sports brandâ€™s performance apparel range. Both organisations will work collaboratively on a global strategy to drive mutual growth across all football markets, achieved through PUMAâ€™s global sales network, international tours and integrated marketing activities.
Ivan Gazidis, chief executive officer at Arsenal said: “We are excited to be partnering with PUMA, a company whose football heritage and record of innovation have a strong affinity with our own. This represents another important step forward in Arsenal’s progression on and off the pitch.”
Puma have cemented their third place spot in the world behind Nike and adidas as they have a growing number of players wearing their products including Cesc Fabregas, Marco Reus, Yaya Toure, Nemanja Vidic and newly signed Mario Balotelli.