Speculating as to why certain numbers have been chosen by (or been forced on) a player is a pretty pointless exercise, but personally we’re sorry that ‘Say No Go’ didn’t get handed the number 3…it is after all the ‘magic number’.
As for Abou, it’s never really felt right having a central midfielder playing in Lee Dixon’s number. Number 2 should be for a full-back, no question. Kieran Gibbs (28), Carl Jenkinson (25) and Nacho Monreal (17) may well have their eyes on it.
Arseblog News assumes Andre Santos will be stripped of the number 11 shirt in due course, with Gonzalo Higu….nah, not worth jinxing that any further.