Last week, in the wake of Granit Xhaka leaks, we ran a story about rumoured shirt number changes for next season. You can read that here.
One of the key changes was that of Alexis Sanchez from 17 to 7, and this morning Arsenal have confirmed that as they launch the new home kit. The Chilean will sport the famous number next season, worn previously by such greats as Robert Pires, Tomas Rosicky, and Nelson Vivas.
It also pretty much puts paid to any speculation regarding his departure this summer. As the club negotiate a new deal, there had been talk of unhappiness and Juventus, but this would certainly mean there’s no chance of him departing.
Indeed, former Chile international Iván Zamorano said last week that the former Barcelona man was feeling good in North London.
“I think that Alexis is recovering his happiness,” he said. “He looks like a happy guy at Arsenal. He is the best Arsenal player and one of the best forwards in the Premier League.
“That means that he is working really well.”
So, we’ll wait and see if those other number changes come to pass, with Xhaka taking Coquelin’s 34 and the Frenchman moving to 8.
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