Arsenal have announced that Granit Xhaka, handed the number 16 shirt last week, has decided that he has grown tired of this rubbish number and decided to change it.
Instead he will sport 29 because, and we quote, “The number has special significance for him as it is the reverse of his year of birth – 92.”
We’re not buying it though, we reckon this is all some kind of plot based around the number 7.
At Borussia Monchengladbach, Xhaka wore 34. 3+4 = 7. He then chose 16 at Arsenal and very obviously 1+6 = 7.
Now, with this so called ‘reverse year of birth’ 29, we can also make 7 because 9-2 = 7. We can go further by adding his 16 to the year of his birth so 16 + 92 = 108 and then discounting the zero 8-1 = 7.
In an even more sinister twist, if take his original 34, add 92 to it, you get 166. Then add his current age of 23 and you get 189. 1 + 8 + 9 = 18 and 8-1 = 7.
Xhaka now follows in the esteemed footprints of previous number 29s like Marouane Chamakh, Moritz Volz and Wilf Flangepie.