Squad Numbers Prove That Arsenal’s Rebuild is Built on Hale End

Eddie Nketiah is said to have signed a new contract with Arsenal on Saturday morning.

Along with the announcement of the young striker staying with the club came the news of a new number 14. To most clubs this number wouldn’t mean much but to wear the number once used by the king, Thierry Henry worn, is a long order.

Many are not happy with this news, but to that I say this: it is not that serious. Gabriel took to Twitter today to shout out some fan behavior to the new number 14.

Gabriel is right, fans are ungrateful in that sense. Eddie’s overtime is very exciting. He is a young academy graduate with a lot of talent who proved in every appearance last season that he is more than just a fox-in-the-box striker.

The club are also showing a huge refund of what Hale End provided for the Gunners’ rebuilding, with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe wearing numbers 7 and 10 respectively. There was much less backlash against ESR taking an iconic number despite only breaking into the first team six months earlier. Eddie has been with the first team for a long time.

I called on Nketiah to start after his performance in the loss to Southampton. He didn’t score in the game, but you could see how his overall game had progressed tremendously. He sank deep into the ball like Alexandre Lacazette does, playing fluently across the front line and getting into dangerous positions.

Eddie has some huge shoes to fill with the number 14, but I have no doubt he will respect his legacy.

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