Reiss Nelson will wear Arsenal’s number 24 shirt this season and will join fellow Academy graduates Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah as members of the club’s first team.
Nelson had the number 61 shirt during the 2017/18 season at the Emirates and then took Hoffenheim’s number 9 shirt while on loan in the Bundesliga last year.
He revealed the change with a post on Instagram and we’re assuming he chose to use a butterfly emoji because he’s just metamorphosised from an Academy caterpillar.
Having been away with England’s under-21s at the European Championships in Italy and Malta, we weren’t expecting to see Nelson at London Colney for another week. Perhaps, – and good on him, if so – he’s eager to be front of mind when the squad heads to the States on Thursday – beach parties can wait.
Earlier today, it was revealed that pals Nketiah and Willock had also switched squad numbers taking 30 and 28, having previously held 49 and 59 respectively.