After Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli is set to become the next Arsenal player to get a new shirt number.
There has been a ton of changes with respect to squad numbers at the Emirates this summer. Folarin Balogun and Arthur Okonkwo were promoted to the first team and the two Hale End graduates were given the numbers 26 and 33 respectively.
Partey switched 18 for five a few weeks ago, the same number he donned for years at Atletico Madrid. Smith Rowe, who signed a new long-term contract recently, was rewarded with the iconic number 10 shirt as well, and he fully deserves it.
A new number for Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli?
Arsenal fans weren’t expecting any more changes, but it looks like Martinelli could get a new number as well now.
The Brazilian has donned the number 35 shirt ever since he joined us. He has played 48 times for us in all competitions and has been directly involved in 18 goals, most of which came in his remarkable debut campaign.
Martinelli, labelled as a future ‘superstar’ by Aubameyang, was expected by many to keep hold of his number 35 next season, but it looks like Miguel Azeez has that shirt now. The teenager, who scored an absolute stunner against Watford yesterday, wore the Brazilian’s 35, which can only mean one thing.
Two choices for Gabi
At this moment, the only two numbers available in the first team are 18 and eight. However, multiple departures are still expected at Arsenal, which could open the door for Martinelli to get a better number.
Lucas Torreira is almost guaranteed to leave the club, which would free the number 11 shirt. Alexandre Lacazette’s nine, Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ 15 and Willian’s 12 could also be up for grabs for the little Brazilian.
However, the only two numbers that make sense for a forward like Gabi are nine and 11. There’s a decent chance that he’ll get either one of them this summer, but it is unlikely to happen within the next two weeks.