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Arsenal Football Club were a massive part of my childhood growing up, I used to live around the corner from Highbury and still remember those Saturdays when there was a home game and I could tell how the game was going from the roar of the crowd. When I was lucky enough, I was one of them!
In more recent years it has been more difficult to go and watch Arsenal play, as I no longer live in London and just the cost itself. I keep my inner fan alive though by buying various pieces of merchandise, and this particular item has been a godsend this chilly winter.
Having bought a cheap Arsenal beanie hat before, from a stall near the ground, that lasted 2 seconds, this time I did the right thing and bought the official Arsenal hat, with label still attached! The beanie comes in red (home colours) or navy blue (away colours) with the Arsenal crest front and centre. The crest is fully embroidered, and actually does feel well made; proper stitching, no chance this will tear away like the cheaper 'unofficial' version.
As everything is these days, it is made in Chine, and is 100% acrylic, but is very good quality. Soft to the touch,fits nicely to the head, doesn't stretch and loosen after several wears, and is a nice thickness, keeping your head nice and warm. For quite a few weeks this winter, this has been the first thing I have put on before going out! Fully machine washable, as the label inside lets you know, and as long as you wash it as directed it doesn't lose its shape, or fray at all.
There are some thicker 'knitted style' beanie hats as well that are pretty good, but I like the balance of warmth and not too heavy on the head this one has. Perfect for me.
Now if only the team would perform as well as the merchandise, I'd be a happy man....