Bukayo Saka gets no.7 shirt number after breakthrough season with Arsenal and follows Pires, Brady and Alexis Sanchez

Bukayo Saka gets no.7 shirt number after breakthrough season with Arsenal and follows Pires, Brady and Alexis Sanchez
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Bukayo Saka appears to have been handed the no.7 shirt at Arsenal.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season by scoring four goals and registering 10 assists in all competitions and will now follow in the footsteps of Robert Pires, Nelson Vivas and Liam Brady.

Saka has made 38 appearances for Arsenal this season

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Saka has made 38 appearances for Arsenal this season

Saka’s excellent form has also resulted in a new long-term contract earlier this month, which he celebrated by netting a first Premier League goal in his side’s 3-0 win at Wolves just days later.

The iconic shirt number was previously worn by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Roma, but it’s unlikely he will need it back as the Serie A club have also reached a preliminary agreement with Arsenal to keep the 31-year-old next season.

And with his contract running until 2022, Mkhitaryan looks certain to leave the Gunners on a permanent deal next summer.

Saka, a graduate from Arsenal’s academy, has impressed United legend Rio Ferdinand, who wants Mikel Arteta to build the Arsenal team around the youngster.

He said: “I think Arsenal need people with the right attitude, right characters and people that want to be at the club.

“Looking at his [Saka’s] statement [after signing a new contract], he buys into the philosophy, and he wants to move forward with the club.

“I would build the club around him, around players like [Joe] Willock.

“The badge means something to these boys. They need to move forward together.”


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