William Saliba is set to inherit the Arsenal number 4 shirt from Mohamed Elneny with the Egypt international moving to number 25 if he stays at the club for next season.
The France under-21 international is due to join up with the Gunners for pre-season after spending another year in Ligue 1 garnering first team experience with Saint Etienne.
Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ll also know that we recently came to loggerheads with the French side over an extension of his loan and that the defender will subsequently miss tonight’s Coupe de France final against Paris Saint Germain. He still loves us though.
Anyway, we digress.
While yet to be officially confirmed, the club appears to be advertising ‘Saliba 4’ shirts at the Armoury shop. And that’s as much evidence as we need.
The club confirmed the Saliba-Elneny squad number switch and Bukayo Saka’s move to the number 7 shirt, yesterday.
The number 4 has previously been worn by Per Mertesacker, Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas, Stefan Schwarz, Paul Davis, Michael Thomas and Kenny Sansom. Here’s hoping Saliba does the shirt proud.
Elneny will return to Arsenal when the Turkish Super Lig ends this weekend to discuss his future with Mikel Arteta. Besiktas, who’ve had him on loan this season, have previously expressed an interest in retaining his services but we could offer him for sale or loan elsewhere – his Arsenal contract expires in 2022.