Nicolas Pepe will wear the number 19 for Arsenal.
This is hardly a secret – but as shirt number stories are a long-time tradition of Arseblog News, we could hardly ignore it for our new record signing whose capture was made official earlier today.
Those of you of a certain vintage will remember Paul Hardcastle’s number 1 hit 19, which topped the UK charts in 1985.
Lyrics which span the ages and still resonate to this day:
Of course the song was the about the average age of US combat soldiers during the Vietnam war, so it’s not particularly uplifting, but there you go.
The only other option we had was Steely Dan ‘Hey Nineteen’ which is a bit creepy when you read the lyrics, so the horrors of war won out.
Let’s hope that our number n-n-n-n-nineteen, nineteen can cause the destruction of
men full-backs in their prime, and help rejuvenate this Arsenal team next season.
Also, if he could get n-n-n-n-nineteen, nineteen goals and n-n-n-n-nineteen, nineteen assists, that’d be swell.
Over to you, NicPep.