Announcing their new home kit on Thursday morning, Arsenal also confirmed a new shirt number for Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli.
On Thursday morning, Arsenal confirmed their new home kit for the 2022/23 season, which they’re set to wear for the first time in the final game of the season against Everton on Sunday.
As well as that, Arsenal also confirmed the first of their planned shirt number changes for the new campaign, with Gabriel Martinelli taking on the number 11 shirt.
Lucas Torreira is the last permanent member of the Arsenal squad to wear the number 11 shirt, but Martin Odegaard did wear it during his loan spell in the second half of last season.
With Torreira looking increasingly likely to leave for Fiorentina on a permanent basis, Arsenal presumably feel safe now to take the number and hand it to Martinelli instead.
Martinelli had been wearing 35, the highest number assigned to senior players. From 36 onwards, the shirt numbers go to the u23 players in alphabetical order.
The 20-year-old received the number 35 back when he first joined Arsenal, but his growing role in the team has given him the opportunity to take on one of the coveted lower numbers.
Martinelli has made 28 Premier League appearances this season (20 starts), directly contributing to 10 league goals. He’s also made his debut for the Brazilian national team, after winning the Olympics with them last summer.