With Lucas Perez predicted to sign for Arsenal very soon, it’s highly likely that the forward will be getting the number 9 shirt, still left empty by Lukas Podolski.
Lucas Perez is a master of hold-up play and playing off other forwards. He currently wears the number 7 for Deportivo but the chances are, he’ll be handed the number 9 when (if) he eventually signs for the Gunners.
The number 9 shirt has lost a little bit of its prestige at Arsenal over the years, with the likes of Park Chu-Young wearing it. However, we also have some big names who have worn it – Eduardo, Alan Smith, Francis Jeffers and José Antonio Reyes.
There is a ‘curse’ attached to the number 9 shirt, which Olivier Giroud insists isn’t behind his decision not to wear it at Arsenal but I’m sure if Perez does eventually sign for us, this won’t matter to him.
Of course, there’s always a chance Perez may not get the number 9 but it’s a small one.