Arsenal reveal Aubameyang shirt number

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Arsenal have confirmed that club-record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will wear the number 14 shirt for the Gunners.

The Gabon international inherits the digits from Theo Walcott. The number was, of course, made famous by club record scorer Thierry Henry.

Aubameyang wore the number 17 at Borussia Dortmund, currently sported by Alex Iwobi at the Emirates.

As he’s cup tied for the Europa League Pierre won’t be getting a second number like Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The Armenian was given Alexis’ number 7 shirt for the Premier League only to learn that UEFA rules stipulate: “No number may be used by more than one player on a team and no player may use more than one number in the course of a season.”

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A Different George
A Different George

A rare example of Arseblog click bait. It worked.

Mayor McCheese
Mayor McCheese

That’s right. The key to master baiting is to keep it secret.

Jarghs
Jarghs

Unless you’re a Hollywood producer

Glasgow Gooner
Glasgow Gooner

So glad they got the deal done

Donald\'s Trump
Donald\'s Trump

I should be excited by this (the signing) but yesterday’s performance and Giroud leaving has fucked it all up.

Gooneron
Gooneron

May he take that number back to the glory days of Henry

Santori
Santori

Not going to happen. You’re dreaming.

very different player.

Said the same thing on Lacazette I expect. Pacy, world class.

how did that work out?

TeeCee
TeeCee

Jesus! If there was an article here on our 28-0 stuffing of ManUre, during which Mourinho died of the clap, you’d find something to fucking winge about in it.

Glass half empty is it?

Lack of Perspective
Lack of Perspective

Which glass?

Pachvasilion
Pachvasilion

Sant doesn’t want much. He just wants us to go back in and buy Mahrez for 50 million pounds, and won’t be happy until we do so (all while he completely ignores the fact that bloody Man City couldn’t buy him at bloody 65 million pounds)…

Wezza
Wezza

Yeah, come on Santori, chin up mate. At least stuff happened. Hopefully it all works out, but if you dont try something things stay the same.
You need to cheer up a bit mate

MerteXhaka
MerteXhaka

Lacazette is world class, and if you expected him to be pacy just because he is black then God help you

antgoon
antgoon

Let’s make Arsenal great again.

Kingsley
Kingsley

Let’s not use the catchphrase of that tiny handed, nut job either, please.

Savage
Savage

Stay classy, otherwise you’re emulating

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

That’s numberyang!

PeteyB
PeteyB

Top comment. Literally made me laugh out loud.

Frosty
Frosty

Congratulations. You have won today’s internet!

GeorgeTheNairobiGunner
GeorgeTheNairobiGunner

priorities in the summer? Keeper, dm, cb and winger?

Coz either we stick with Cech, Xhaka, Mustafi and Iwobi or ship one/two of them out and strengthen. We really can’t get rid of them all(although we have been particularly ruthless this january so who knows..)

But we really need to address Xhaka’s short comings, as well as Mustafi’s.

I pray this is the summer we actually build a complete team.

Looking forward to watching auba and Mikhi play together.

Lack of Perspective
Lack of Perspective

Whats with all the iwobi hate. I get he isnt exactly flying but fuck me its not like hes scoring own goals or liable for our immense fuck ups.

He was awesome before this season, and is now trying to add to his game. Which maybe causing him a bit of imbalance. Hes clearly working hard.

He will come good. Be patient.

GeorgeTheNairobiGunner
GeorgeTheNairobiGunner

Iwobi could probably benefit from a bit less pressure. Hence why I listed winger as a priority area. I love the kid, but I am not sure throwing him on game after game with the performances he has been giving is doing us anyone any good.

Alexit Micki Aubarsenal
Alexit Micki Aubarsenal

Not hating Iwobi. He is class among the players at his age but is not our immediate solution at this moment. The arrival of Mkhi and Auba will definitely be at the expense of Iwobi. He is for the future & have a lot of time to learn from them & Ozil.

Bob254Nairobi
Bob254Nairobi

Xhaka has excellent long range distribution but he worries me. A lot. We should go in for Javier Martinez from Bayern (if they agree to sell) and let Xhaka go. We need a couple of center backs to replace the aging BFG and inconsistent Mustafi. I hope Mavopranos can do that. At least Debuchy is gone and I bet for Welbeck come next summer…. Cech could be past his best but I believe he still has a couple of more seasons in him. The defense really let him down and put him under a lot of unnecessary pressure. But we do need another goalie. And RB. Probably winger too.

kaius
kaius

Return of the Vavavoom

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

PEA’s wikipedia’s page has been updated with the number 14 three hours ago..

Savage
Savage

Good guess

midgunner
midgunner

Hope he hits the ground running, given we just said goodbye to our three most prolific forwards.

It’s asking a lot to replace all that end product in his first season. It’ll be interesting to see how Wenger plays him, perhaps combining with Laca in a two up front…

Cdm995
Cdm995

Wtf! Has Eddie left?!

Original Paul
Original Paul

Does this work?
Cech
Bellers Mustafi Kos Mon
Jack Elneny
Aubs Ozil Mikh
Lacca

btw
btw

I think laca might be more suited to the wing
or just
4-1-2-1-2
Cech
Bellerin Mustafi Kos Monreal
Elneny
Wilshere Mkih
Ozil
Auba Laca

Zyrth
Zyrth

Exactly what I was thinking. Except auba on the left so it’ll be easier for him to cut in and shoot.

Definitely wilshere and elneny (for now) in the midfield. Elneny may not be flashy but that’s not what we need. We just need someone with enough quality to find teammates but more importantly we need him to act as the “policeman” and he always makes himself as an available option keeping the ball moving. Wilshere will take the role of santi to link up with the forwards with his quick one touch passing. We saw how Ramsey and xhaka were once again and they were abject in our building up. Xhaka is either a really terrible player or he’s truly exposed in our midfield structure and Ramsey is more of an end product player and he doesn’t make himself available often enough.

Indian Gooner
Indian Gooner

With no disrespect to Theo..the number 14 has finally found a proper replacement.

Santori
Santori

Aubameyang is no Henry.

There has been no replacement for the invention, guile an pace Henry gave us on the apex.

caligunner
caligunner

OMG no one is saying he is the next Henry

Give it a rest. You have no idea what you are talking about.

Are we suppose to not use certain numbers anymore for players?

Wezza
Wezza

Youre right Santori, Aubameyang is no Henry, he is in fact Aubameyang.
Get off your downer mate

GraeB
GraeB

No disrespect to Theo who scored twice tonight for Everton! Hope he doesn’t turn us inside out like he did as a kid for Saints youth team.

Santori
Santori

Underwhelming.

1) Nothing done to solve midfield this January which is real probelm area for both attack and defense. Instead we sell Coquelin.

2) We release a great asset who is not cup tied in GIroud and replace with one (for a lot of money) that really replicates what we already have with ‘world class’ Lacazette…did I mention new player is also cup tied for the europa but we’ll probably now end up limiting Lacazette’s time further and hope he stays sharp somehow for europa games…oh wellthere is always yet another UNited reject with bags of pace…Danny Welbeck plan C.

3) We are forced upon a reject from United yet again, an aging one low on confidence whilst we strengtehn them with one of our creative catalyst. We like to moan about Alexis and his attitude but we cast a blind eye to Aubameyang’s . Wait till he finds out we are equally crap and in 6th like Dortmund.

4) We have no pace out wide and we lack technical creative players there, plus aside from Jack maybe Iwobi, we have very few who can take on one on one (Hence side to side passing)

Good transfer window?

No thought on strategic implications or squad balance.

Just expediency for the new director of football to leverage and ingratiate himself to old acquaintances.

Mhykitarian? He will be replacing Ozil who will leave this summer.

beNZed
beNZed

Cheer up love.

caligunner
caligunner

WTF does this have to do with the original post. Do you have to copy and paste everything in every post?

Pachvasilion
Pachvasilion

So let me guess: you want to buy Mahrez for 50 million pounds?

Is that your great strategy?

Psst: Man City was way ahead of you. Offered more than your fabled 50 million pounds, even. Wanna guess how that turned out?

Podb
Podb

OZIL is staying on 350k a week … With one or two more signings we can win the league …. cup. As long as Addemupandbangemin is firing. And the Epl league next season. so cheer up mate.

Florin
Florin

Why is he cup tied for the Europa League, as he only played in UCL?

Mpls
Mpls

Dortmund were knocked out in the group stage and bumped down to Europa. The rule stipulates if the club he’s left is in the same competition as the club he goes to he’s not eligible at the new club.

Santori
Santori

We are so lacking in creativity and technical ability out wide.

We will be so easily funneled into the middle yet again.

Plus we now lack pace out wide and are reliant on the fullbacks to come forward (with potential implications to what goes on behind them)

No one available that can BOTHscore goals and create? Give us better balance than yet another striker and ex-Dortmund player?

No Mahrez to City apparently.

Spurs signed Lucas Moura for only 25m. Better deal. More balanced player. Creative out wide with a bit of pace.

Apparently Nasri is still available for free….still only 30yrs. Loyalty? What’s that?
who cares these days.

You think Aubameyang will be singing sweet pleasantries when we still fail to get off of 6th? He already called Dortmund crap because they are in similar position.

Zyrth
Zyrth

When we start to transition from def to attack, that’s when it all goes downhill.

Our CB passes to either midfield or fullback and they immediately pass it back to our CB when someone goes to press them. Compare that with Swansea even, their players would at least attempt to beat our player pressing and then play a forward pass.

Ramsey and xhaka seem absolutely terrified of either beating the press or passing forward quickly, they hardly do one touch passing. And they don’t offer as a passing option to our fullbacks so our fullbacks are also forced to pass back to our CB. At least Monreal attempts to beat his marker sometimes and occasionally Ozil will combine with him, but bellerin is totally isolated and he doesn’t try to and can’t beat players 1v1.

We really need to look to improve our midfield options. As of now, I only trust wilshere and elneny in our midfield.

Robins Boost
Robins Boost

precisely. therefore when our CB passes to the full backs, we need 2 players – 1 CM and 1 AM to give the FB 2 outlets to pass forward to. if bellerin gets the ball from kos, i want to see jack/ ram, and ozil/ micky in space to provide 2 options for him to pass forward to them, and then when one of them gets the ball, another CM or AM comes into to form another 2 outlets.
it’s all about off the ball movement. sadly we no longer do that.

Trex d\' Gunner
Trex d\' Gunner

Mentioning the chinless wonder that is Nasri just spoiled it for me.

caligunner
caligunner

OMG look above

Double98

The last two guys to wear that shirt scored 330 goals or something so he needs to get at least half that.

Christophe
Christophe

Finally, some real news today

Santori
Santori

I can only see Aubaemyang and Lacaztte both being used together in tandem otherwise what’s the point?

…………………….Aubameyang……………….Lacazette…………………………
………………………………………..Ozil………………………………………………
………………Granit…………………………………………………….Jack………….
……………………………………..Mhkitaryan………………………………………..
Monreal…………………………………………………………………………Belleirn
…………………………Mustafi………………..Koscielny……………………………
……………………………………..Cech……………………………………………….

My worry is wide areas.

Wenger will use two sets of rotating wheels.

The top 3 in Aubameyang, Lacazette and Ozil will play their traingle each taking turns to drop or peel wide to help the fullbacks but the added striker provides more presence in and around the box and both players Lacazette/Aubameyang are sharp on the finish (hopefully)

The midfield traingle will also rotate with Granit a better offensive preference (his forward passes from deep still better than Elneny’s albeit the Egyptian is improving) but I have to say his awareness is so poor and there is a cast o start the more workmanlike Elneny when we need to be more defensively assured.

Jack makes the biggest diffrence in that he provides take ons (like Alexis) and acts as a catalyst otherwise we will be stuck with trying to pick a pass. Iwobi can also provide take ons albeit he is still relatively inexperienced but he has utility on the left wide area.

the other player is Ramsey whom I feel is better in lieu of Ozil (which he may eventually have to take over from)

Mhkitaryan you feel if he can provide some experience and level headed thinking will eventually drop into the deeper position to cover and act responsibly.

But the wide areas are a concern as it requires the fullbacks. We are short on players who can creatively/technically play the wide positons with pace. If the fullbacks have to come forward (like Monreal has to good effect scoring) it also has implications on the other end.

The key I feel is IF a player like Mhkitaryan can provide what Arteta and Santi did when re-roled deeper to control the game and keep his head on a swivel, help track runners into our box.

caligunner
caligunner

OMG look above again, you know you can edit your post and just put everything in one post not post multiple times

Robins Boost
Robins Boost

no granit please

Santori
Santori

I don’t know how strong Aubameyang is with hold up play but Lacazette has been weak.

As I have mentioned all along, there is a reason why Deschamp preferred Giroud over him for France.

What we lack when pressed in midfield is an outlet from the back.

Ordinarily, Jack is the only player who gives us an outlet for the defense and when he plays, our Cbacks/fullbacks are assured.

But when he doesn’t (you have Ramsey , Elneny, Granit none of whom can turn), the ball comes straight back into defense when passed out and the defense is then culpable to do silly things under added duress.

We lack the sort of outlet we had with Alexis (instigators or catalyst) or indeed more specifically Henry (since Sanchez conspires to lose possession too often)when you can pass the ball out further and he can hold the ball or threaten the opposing defense on his own.

Which is where I felt a Mahrez would work for us. in allowing us to transtition quicker and also having the technical ability to stretch the play wide opening space for counter attacking runners in field.

Otherwise what happens without the gifts of Jack (to some extent the developing Iwobi) is indeed we end up pasisng sideways and teams tend to organise quick closing passing lanes.

My worry with Aubameyang and Lacazette is both are more accustom to playing in more open leagues with luxury of time and space. They expect the ball played to them where (as Giroud realise) you have to make the space happen by moving to the ball (those near post runs Lacazette should take a page from)

They are not the players many would want to imagine them to be. They do not have the creative capacity of a Mahrez or Alexcis to instigate and take on 2 or 3 players / create space (and still add goals maybe not as much but a decent amount)

what they both are (Aubameyang and Lacazette) are instinctive finishers.

So getting the ball to them is critical but if we are starved of wide areas and funneled into the middle we will again have problems.

Key as I mention is how midfield works.

I think our issue there is when we have Jack, we have someone who can move the ball/take out a couple of players create the space and movement ahead we need.

But you take him out of the equation and we are a completely different team.

Its that fragile and its as much a question of depth. If he gets injured, there is a big worry.

Mhkitaryan I don’t think its fair to expect him to be on the wing anymore too much. He is not the player of 2016. He however has experience now and if we can harness that to complement Jack, we might have a responsible player whom Like Arteta and Santi can sit deeper, dictate play, hold the ball for us and be responsible to track dangers ahead of the defensive pair.

Its small details that can make the big difference but thus far we have yet to address them properly.

I’m uncertain if the new assets can really make the difference but you feel we have to try and get the best out of them.

We could have reinforced better this January.

But here we are again.

caligunner
caligunner

OMG you cant’ be serious about this?

Pachvasilion
Pachvasilion

So you would have paid nearly 100 million pounds for Mahrez (because let’s face it Sant, your fabled 50 million pound valuation was short of what City offered in a FAILED effort to get Mahrez, with Leicester holding solid at their 95 million pound minimum price) to, as you put it, “reinforce better” ?

I doubt replacing Alexis with Mahrez would leave us any better off than we are now. And we’d have spent more money for the priviledge.

Podb
Podb

How do you sleep at night? If glum Conte had signed PEA and Hm and kept Ozil he wd be lauded as a transfer genius. U need to take the week off. It’s only two goal Feo and Shrek this weekend.

Arsenalfanman
Arsenalfanman

Time for Dat Guy to step up in the Europa League.

Nketibag
Nketibag

Agreed, actually think playing 2 up front would suit him better as well.

Alexit Micki Aubarsenal
Alexit Micki Aubarsenal

PEA14

henry
henry

he is cup tied in europa league? really? hmmm… ahaa… WTF!!!!

Kalim
Kalim

Aubba and mikhtaryan will improve arsenal and Arsenal will have aubba like Henry and thats what aubba said in his interview… Maybe they will be
The 3 place… ARSENAL TILL I DIE