Arsenal have confirmed that Thomas Partey will wear the number 5 shirt from now on.
The Ghanaian took the number 18 shirt when he joined the club last summer but has been hankering after a switch since Sokratis vacated his preferred number in January.
Despite it usually being occupied by a defender, Partey has sported 5 for Mallorca and Atletico Madrid in the past and continues to wear the number at international level.
“I like the No 5 because it’s one of the most important numbers in the team and it is also a lucky number for me,” he told Arsenal.com.
“It’s the number I’ve worn for the past few years, so for me it’s one of the best numbers.”
Amongst others, Thomas follows in the footsteps of Ian Ure, Willie Young, Gus Caesar, Ian Sellley, Steve Bould, Martin Keown, Kolo Toure and Thomas Vermaelen.