Arsenal confirm raft of squad number changes

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We know you love a squad number story. We don’t know why…we just know you do.

So, without further ado…Arsenal have confirmed that next season the following players will sport new digits on the back of their god-awful new Puma kits.

Petr Cech – 1 (previously 33)

Hector Bellerin – 2 (previously 24)

Mohamed Elneny – 4 (previously 35)

Granit Xhaka – 34 (previously 29)

So that’s a new Seaman, Dixon, Vieira and Marouane Chamakh without spending a penny.

Kudos to head coach elect Unai Emery…such a thrifty slight of hand must moisten the loins of Ivan Gazidis no end.

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Berlingoon
Berlingoon
1 year ago

So, forget about a new goalkeeper already.

Vino
Vino
1 year ago
Reply to  Berlingoon

My thoughts exactly!

Hantal
Hantal
1 year ago

I know numbers are meaningless nowadays but giving cech the 1 shirt annoys me

PleaseExplainJohn
PleaseExplainJohn
1 year ago

Does this possibly mean cech is staying and ospina could be in the way out? (Trying to read as much into this as possible because I am desperate for some news on our goal keeping situation moving forward.)

Robert Pires : Director of football @ Arsenal
Robert Pires : Director of football @ Arsenal
1 year ago

Blogs, you did a piece back in March I think regarding Sanllehi keen on getting Oblak, and with reportedly low budget, what do you think are our chances of getting him??

Berlingoon
Berlingoon
1 year ago

Non existing

Robert Pires : Director of football @ Arsenal
Robert Pires : Director of football @ Arsenal
1 year ago
Reply to  Berlingoon

I would rather spend our whole budget on him, he wants new adventure, courtois refusing to sign contract extension at Cheshire, the way he stopped all the shots by our players, he might be our best bet to get back in champions league

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner
1 year ago
Reply to  Berlingoon

I would rather we buy 2 Cb and a commanding mid with our tiny budget.quality over quantity.Next summer splash most cash on an elite GK instead of going for leno,butland etc..

afan
afan
1 year ago

good to see jacks kept his no 10 shirt, could be interesting

jon
jon
1 year ago

All those Xhaka fans will have to cut out the 29, buy fabric and sew in the new 34. That is slow and tedious work.

Spanish Gooner
Spanish Gooner
1 year ago

Exciting times for Elneny I feel. Emery has made less talented players (e.g. krychowiak) thrive in his deep lying defensive role and his new contract and number for me implies the incoming manager + DofF have a lot of faith in him

Robert Pires : Director of football @ Arsenal
Robert Pires : Director of football @ Arsenal
1 year ago
Reply to  Spanish Gooner

As much people want to hate elneny for r not being Pogba, he’s a good player who works his ass off. Maybe he can turn him into Nzonzi

Chrispy
Chrispy
1 year ago

Cech No1….. give me fucking strength.

Savage
Savage
1 year ago
Reply to  Chrispy

I’m still a big Cech fan. This anti-Cech stuff is irrational.

Da Boss
Da Boss
1 year ago

in fairness, Cech was a number 1 and wearing the number 33 – I am not saying we will get Oblak but he wears 13 currently for Atleti so numbers don’t mean what they used to…..that being said, I hope Cech isn’t our starting keeper for next season

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini
1 year ago

Strange that Xhaka takes a higher number than he had previously and Elneny is number 4. Can we take anything from that or did Xhaka pass it up? I do like Elneny a lot and, given his improvement this season, next season could be a big one for him. Cech being number 1 should have been the case for a while but now. With him clearly on the decline, we need a new keeper ahead of him. Looks like it’s not going to happen now though… Who knows, maybe we’ll get in a new first choice keeper with π (pi)… Read more »

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner
1 year ago

Xhaka has a tattoo of 34.His first number as a P.F and also his brother wears it for basel.so not a surprise really.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini
1 year ago
Reply to  Tas Gunner

ah ok. Fair fucks.

WInati
WInati
1 year ago

I believe you’d also want to say, “Sleight of Hand”, no?

ArchiksAFC
ArchiksAFC
1 year ago

Wenger out

Tas Gunner
Tas Gunner
1 year ago
Reply to  ArchiksAFC

Trolls out

George
George
1 year ago
Reply to  Tas Gunner

Laws out

Lula
Lula
1 year ago
Reply to  George

Out in.

Herb Kazzaz
Herb Kazzaz
1 year ago

Idea : lets have the entire squad given new, psuedo-random numbers every year. There could be a UEFA style draw, with each squad member being given a number, and one pot drawing out the number the player had been given, and the other pot having the actual player number, that they get to wear on their backs. The event could be sponsored, and celebrities could draw the balls, such as Simon ‘Simes’ Bates, Nigel Havers or Dale Winton.

Arsenala Vista Baby
Arsenala Vista Baby
1 year ago
Reply to  Herb Kazzaz

Bad idea

JustBrowsing
JustBrowsing
1 year ago
Reply to  Herb Kazzaz

Might be difficult to get Dale Winton..

Savage
Savage
1 year ago

Time for Bellerin to kick on and become the world’s best RB. He can do it.

Rich
Rich
1 year ago
Reply to  Savage

I’ve never understood the Bellerin hatred? Brilliant young player

Hantal
Hantal
1 year ago
Reply to  Rich

He’s plateaued a bit this season but that’s no worse (and actually better than many) than the whole squad, hopefully fresh ideas and ideally some actual competition for his place will see him kick on now

Eric Blair
Eric Blair
1 year ago
Reply to  Hantal

He was pretty awful this season, especially in the two Atletico games, no point trying to tart it up.

But he is young, talented, and deserves support and a chance with the new man, whoemery he is.

Mpls
Mpls
1 year ago
Reply to  Hantal

Maybe a season with an actual quality right sided player in Mkhi will help with that. He’s been asked to run the entire right flank himself and get back to try to mop up Mustafi’s over committing all season.

afan
afan
1 year ago
Reply to  Savage

no he cant, he is a right back who thinks he,s a right winger

Henry
Henry
1 year ago

Xhaka is moving away from the Chamakh squad number not to it.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus
1 year ago

Cech as nr. 1?….Emery out

Croarse
Croarse
1 year ago

They look as new signins to me.

TotsOfJack
TotsOfJack
1 year ago

Give özil the 10 already.

Vonnie
Vonnie
1 year ago
Reply to  TotsOfJack

YES!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago

Wouldn’t have happened on Vic’s watch

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL
1 year ago

Balls from Elneny..Fuck off Cech…seriously..Guy is finished..Glad Jack is keeping his 10 shirt..Too many concessions get made for Ozil.

ecg
ecg
1 year ago

I threw up in my mouth when you used “moisten”, “loins” and “Gazidis” in the same sentence.

MrBure
1 year ago

Granit clearly has a thing for the number 7

Kitan Sonoiki
1 year ago

how wise, you give eleney number 4, but you can Xhaka 34 despite all the meaningful goals he scored
Give monreal no3, he deserves it