Arsenal and Kieran Tierney have agreed a deal that will see the 22-year-old sign for five years, assuming he passes his medical, but what shirt number will he get?

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 19: Kieran Tierney of Celtic celebrate with the Celtic fans during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Heart of Midlothian FC at Celtic Park on May 19, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 19: Kieran Tierney of Celtic celebrate with the Celtic fans during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Heart of Midlothian FC at Celtic Park on May 19, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Kieran Tierney has worn the number 63 at Celtic since the 14/15 season after a brief foray with the number 17.

At Arsenal, the number 63 shirt is, of course, available, but it seems highly unlikely we will give him that one when the number 3 shirt has been vacant since Kieran Gibbs left for West Brom in 2017.

The ‘3’ has traditionally been the left-back’s number, so it’s great that it is available at Arsenal to hand to a player who should wear it for a generation if all goes well.

He will follow some true Arsenal greats…

History of Arsenal’s number 3 shirt

  • Jordi Osei-Tutu (17/18)
  • Kieran Gibbs (14/15 – 16/17)
  • Bacary Sagna (07/08 – 13/14)
  • Ashley Cole (00/01 – 05/06)
  • Nigel Winterburn (87/88 – 99/00)
  • Tony Adams (92/93)
  • Lee Dixon (91/92 – 92/93)
  • David O’Leary (91/92)
  • Andy Linighan (91/92)
  • Kenny Sansom (80/81 – 87/88)
  • Steve Williams (86/87)
  • Sammy Nelson (73/74 – 79/80)
  • Robert McNab (70/71 – 74/75)
  • Billy McCullough (63/64 – 65/66)
  • Peter Simpson (65/66)
  • Frank McLintock (65/66)
  • Peter Storey (65/66)
  • Fred Clarke (64/65)
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