Martin Odegaard has joined Arsenal on a permanent deal and the Norwegian will wear the number 8 shirt at the Emirates this season.
The 22-year-old spent the second half of last season at the Emirates and impressed everyone. He is undoubtedly a world-class talent and his arrival will certainly boost Arsenal’s chances of success this season.
Odegaard wore the number 11 shirt last season, but he has now been given the number 8. A number of Arsenal legends have donned the same over the years, hopefully, he can emulate them and become a hero to all of us in the coming years.
Five Arsenal legends who donned the number 8 shirt before Martin Odegaard
The legendary Swede spent nine seasons at Arsenal and wore the number eight shirt throughout. He played 327 games for us in all competitions, and scored 72 goals and provided 37 assists to help us win two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and a Community Shield.
Wrighty mostly wore the number eight when he was at Arsenal. He is a fan favourite even to this day and his numbers for us show exactly why.
The Englishman played 255 games for us in all competitions and scored a staggering 153 goals. He won one Premier League, two FA Cups, one League Cup, one Cup Winners’ Cup and the Golden Boot in 91/92 for scoring 29 goals in the league.
Wait! Didn’t the Romford Pele become an Arsenal legend by wearing the number 15? Yes, he did, but the Englishman donned the number 8 shirt for just one season all the way back in 1992/93.
Like Wrighty, everybody loves Parlour. He was fantastic as a player and he’s even better as a person, somewhat like Odegaard. If the Norwegian can do what good old Ray did for us back in the day, he will become a huge fan favourite as well.
If you remember Anfield 1989, you remember Michael Thomas. The Englishman won us the league at Liverpool with a dramatic goal, but he didn’t wear the number 8 that season. He donned Odegaard’s current shirt number two years later, and guess what? We won the league in that campaign as well.
Brady is one of the greatest players to ever wear the Arsenal shirt. An attacking midfielder by trade, his technical ability, elegance on the ball and class as a player in general made him a huge fan favourite.
The legendary Irishman is famous for wearing the number 7 shirt, but he donned the 8 for two seasons – 1974/75 and 1976/77. If Odegaard wants to emulate one former Arsenal number eight, it should be Brady.