Gunners link to £25m kit deal


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Arsenal’s healthy bank balance can expect another boost in two years with the club closing in on a new kit deal with Adidas worth as much as £25m a season.

The current deal with Nike – worth £13m a year – ends after next season. Arsenal’s shirts have been made by Nike since the mid-90s and more than 800,000 replica shirts are sold each year.

At an occasionally fractious AGM on Thursday supporters expressed disquiet at manager Arsène Wenger for putting finances above trophies but this deal would boost Arsenal’s revenue to £300m by 2014-15, putting the club among the world’s top-five earners.