Lukas Podolski appears to be holding out for Robin van Persie’s number 10 shirt after Arsenal announced the squad numbers for the forthcoming season without including the former Cologne man on the list.
The German international, who continues to wear the ‘nummer zehn’ for Die Mannschaft and used to sport the digits at the RheinEnergieStadion, appears to have held off taking any of the available squad numbers recognising that his preferred option could be freed up by the exit of the Dutchman.
Fellow new boy Olivier Giroud has inherited the number 12 shirt, as seen recently on the back of compatriot Thierry Henry, while Wojciech Szczesny takes over the number 1 shirt after the departure of Manuel Almunia.
Amazingly, Ju-Young Park retains the cursed number 9 shirt which has been worn by the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Davor Suker, Francis Jeffers, Julio Baptista and Jose Antonio Reyes during the Arsene Wenger era.
‘Full’ squad number list
1 Wojciech Szczesny 2 Abou Diaby 3 Bacary Sagna 4 Per Mertesacker 5 Thomas Vermaelen 6 Laurent Koscielny 7 Tomas Rosicky 8 Mikel Arteta 9 Ju Young Park 10 Robin van Persie 11 Andre Santos 12 Olivier Giroud 14 Theo Walcott 15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 16 Aaron Ramsey 17 Alex Song 18 Sebastien Squillaci 19 Jack Wilshere 20 Johan Djourou 21 Lukasz Fabianski 22 Francis Coquelin 23 Andrey Arshavin 24 Vito Mannone 25 Carl Jenkinson 26 Emmanuel Frimpong 27 Gervinho 28 Kieran Gibbs 29 Marouane Chamakh 31 Ryo 35 Kyle Bartley 52 Nicklas Bendtner TBC Lukas Podolski