William Saliba is back at Arsenal and the talented Frenchman is all set to have a new shirt number as well for the upcoming season.
The Gunners signed the young central defender from Saint-Etienne back in 2019, but he was immediately sent back on loan. Once he returned to Arsenal, he was handed the number four shirt, previously worn by the likes of Mohamed Elneny, Per Mertesacker and Cesc Fabregas.
Everybody was happy with Saliba’s new shirt number, but he lost that after he was sent out on loan two more times. Ben White is the proud owner of the number four, and Saliba has been assigned a different shirt for now.
William Saliba wears number 12 shirt in Arsenal training
Almost every Arsenal player who was away is now back for pre-season. It was great to see the likes of Bukayo Saka, Granit Xhaka and Martin Odegaard back, but Saliba was the man many people wanted to see.
As soon as Arsenal released the training pictures, many supporters flicked through the images to find Saliba, and there he was – back at the club and hopefully, here to stay now.
One thing that caught everyone’s eye was the number on the young Frenchman’s shirt – 12.
That shirt was previously worn by the likes of Willian, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Olivier Giroud and, you guessed it, Thierry Henry when he returned for a short spell on loan.
This could change soon
Although Saliba has been assigned the number 12 for the time being, we do not believe that the young Frenchman will wear that on the back of his shirt in the upcoming season.
Of course, we don’t know for sure as there is no official confirmation from Arsenal, but the 21-year-old recently dropped what could be a big hint about his new squad number.
When Saliba returned to Arsenal this week, the young Frenchman signed an autograph for a fan outside London Colney. Right next to his signature, there was the number ‘2’, suggesting he was going to take Hector Bellerin’s number for the new campaign.
With Bellerin heavily linked with a move away from Arsenal, Saliba may just be waiting for the Spaniard to leave so that he can take the number two shirt. That’s the number he donned at Marseille last season and for France when he made his debut. We must say, it looks good on him.