Bellerin changes squad number

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Arsenal have confirmed that Hector Bellerin will wear 24 on his shirt next season after inheriting the squad number from the recently departed Abou Diaby.

The Spanish right-back made 28 appearances wearing the 39 shirt during last season’s breakthrough campaign and appears to have been rewarded for his efforts with the chance to downsize his digits.

The player dropped a hint on his Instagram page about the change this afternoon before the club’s official website changed his number on their squad list.


It looks as though Isaac Hayden is now 42 (previously 45) and Chuba Akpom is 32 (previously 38). Petr Cech’s squad number is yet to be confirmed.

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CB

Exciting!!

Mein Bergkampf

If you think that’s exciting how did you cope with the Hull 13/14 cup final? You must have had a triple orifice prolapse.

Mein Bergkampf

I think I may have just found a name for my band.

C'bisi

Triple Orifice?

Andy Mack

You want to name a band “Hull 13/14 Cup Final”?

CB

I was there at Wembley. Good phrase to describe the match, if it refers to pain not excitement.

DreyKanmzs

Proper squad number for a talented lad.

Chris B

FUN FACT: 24 is 15 less than 39.

Third Plebeian

I checked the internet…and it’s true!

Breezy

I’ll only believe it when I see it on Arsenal.com

twenti9
CB

If you like patterns we can predict his next number:

39 = 3 x 13 last shirt
24 = 2 x 12 current shirt

So 1 X11 = 11 will be his next shirt number.

You saw it here first.

Rohith J

What about Ozil?

CB

Good point!

He’ll be struggling to get in the team by then as we will be so good. So will have to give up the 11 shirt or be sold. Or something…

ted

Benzema for number 9! That would be the final piece.

Stewart Robson's therapist

Why has this been downvoted? Do people not like Benzema, do they think he wouldn’t be the final piece (i.e. we need more than that), or do they not want him to have the now vacant number 9? It’s not a shirt number with a glowing recent history at Arsenal, I grant you.

bob

“Stewart Robson’s therapist”

Are you suggesting that Stewart Robson is the rapist?

Other than that, I agree, people should voice their specific thoughts, rather than just the big red thumb. Discussions are more fun than thumb wars. And I am not referring to the type of thumb war from the school playground. Those were ace.

Dylan

1, 2, 3, 4, I DECLARE A THUMB WAR!

Mikey

Hopefully he’ll get it down another bit before the season starts.

On a serious note when is it safe to get a number on your back safe in the knowledge that it won’t change?

Petit's Handbag

If you’re over 18 I’d say it’s never safe to get a players name on your Jersey.

SDB

i’ll be shocked if cech doesn’t get the #1 jersey

Red Cannon

I’d give him 00, the number of goals he’s going to let in this season.

Smudger

Fuck the shirt number, what sort of hat is he going to wear? Will it have Arsenal branding? Will it have his number on it? Will it say “Cech out my sweet headgear” with a Puma? Will it have beer cans attached to it with straws down to his mouth?

I don’t know about anyone else but the excitement of pre-season is really kicking in for me.

Anonymous Kumquat

Would be a laugh if Ospina gets number 1 and then gets sold.

poly

Shez might keep it. Almunia kept the number one shirt until he left the club – by which time he was fourth choice

RamseyMidfieldNightmare

He was still a viable choice by that time?

Wiltord

Is there any truth that Barcelona have buy back option on Bellerin? For a young player thrown in the deep end he really impressed most fans

Zonda

Why bother with by back clauses when you can insert Catalonian DNA.

AntiSpud

Anyone who mention the catalonian DNA or Barcelona DNA or any such heresy should be publicly flogged and made to repeat ‘there is no DNA, Arsenal are the best club in the world’ 500 times

RamseyMidfieldNightmare

Why do they need such clauses when they can just tap-up any player they want. Hell they even got Reina in on the act with Fabregas, that is how far their cuntishness spreads.

Reggie

Crap. I just bought the Bellerin 39 when the new kit came out.

Django unhinged

£55 on a bit of nylon well spent mate.

Bumpy Bear

Frame it and hang on to it, if he has a glorius career then perhaps his old retro 39 shirt will be worth something in a couple decades time.

julian

You’re an OG Bellerin fan.

spud shooter

I thought he was right back not left ….. :s

chippy's chip

He is that good im sure it wont be long before he becomes yet another wenger winger experiment. Im joking ffs.

WengersNoseHair

I don’t think there’s a photo of Bellerin where he isn’t posing perfectly. Great hair, looks like a fashion model, shit tattoos. Ah well. Ramsey must be his idol.

Stewart Robson's therapist

I like Ramsey’s tattoos! (But then again, he’s pretty much my idol now too.)

Arsepedant

Can’t stand tattoos. They look like skin diseases. It’s like putting a bumper sticker on a Rolls Royce.

Kenyan Gooner

Cech 33.

EuripidesMac

Cech’s new number:

111

1 for Arsenal’s Premier League Championship next year
1 for Arsenal’s Champions League Championship next year
1 for Arsenal’s 3rd Straight FA Cup Championship next year

🙂 🙂 🙂

Bumpy Bear

1337

Merlin's Panini

I reckon he should do away with a number and just have “fuck chelsea” on the back of his shirt

Tittiescamera

Has anyone bought anyone yet?

Worst transfer window ever.

Stewart Robson's therapist

There has been some comic value: Chelsea signing Falcao.

AntiSpud

6 millions tweeter followers! Is that all? Thought we were more than that. Still great at third though

GlasgowGunner

It is all going really well for him. His arc is definitely on an upward trajectory.

I bet he is good at counting triangles.

GlasgowGunner

Hi blogs is it ok to send in questions for arsecast extra by email? I’m not on Facebook or Twitter but my thirst for Monday evening enlightenment remains unfulfilled.

Cheers

Simon

Reus ist der neun, dumkopf!

Guane

who’s number 9? Welbz? Sanchez?

goontang

Looks strange… i prefer the 39. Surely will be wearing the number 2 in the near future anyways. Wonder if coquelin will get a better squad number. Will be interesting to see if alexis opts for the number 9 like he was at barca.

Alex

Now that #9 is vacant, do you reckon Alexis will take it?

Stewart Robson's therapist

No, I reckon he’ll get the number 7 when Super Tom goes.

Uche

Am so happy for bellerin. I just hope he does not inherit diaby’s injury curse

Bazza_wicks

maybe should of retired the number along with diaby’s injuries! aside from the name or number on the back playing for the badge on the front out ways either

Clock-End Mike

Actually, Hayden was #42 all last season too. #45 was (and currently still is) Alex Iwobi’s shirt number.

#32 has been vacant for quite a while. It was Theo Walcott’s when he first joined the club, and for his first 3 seasons until 2008 when he inherited the great #14 from TH14; since then, I believe only Fran Merida (for 1 season 2009/10 before he departed) has had squad number 32.

If anyone’s interested…

Clock-End Mike

Another point of interest: If you check the images from Arsenal’s pre-season training, you’ll see that Akpom appears to be wearing #31, not #32, though he is listed as #32 on the Arsenal website.

#31 was Ryo Miyaichi’s squad number for the last 4 seasons.

Arsepedant

If the lower numbers are better, Sanchez’ number should be negative.