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03-07-2019 | 10:41 Football

The shirt numbers available for Gabriel Martinelli at Arsenal

Arsenal have won the race for 18-year-old Ituano player Gabriel Martinelli and completed their first signing in the summer transfer window. Gabriel has made his debut in November 2017 aged just 16 and nine months and scored 10 goals in 34 appearances for the Sao Paulo-based club. The 18-year-old’s development was also recently acknowledged by the Brazilian national team, with a call-up to the full squad for a training camp in May ahead of the Copa America. Described as a quick and skillful player who is comfortably playing as a second striker or as a winger with an eye for goal, Martinelli could be the type of player many Gunners fans would dream of. At his former club Martinelli was wearing No. 11 shirt. Currently this number belongs to Lucas Torreira. The Uruguay international took the number after Mesut Ozil switched to his preferred No. 10 following Jack Wilshere’s exit. So what are the shirt numbers available for the 18-year-old at Arsenal? Free numbers No.8 Aaron Ramsey’s departure to Juventus on a free transfer means that the No.8 shirt is free to any new signings arriving at the Emirates. No.19 Following Bernd Leno’s upgrade the shirt number has been left free. No.22 This shirt number is also available after Denis Suarez’s disastrous loan spell in north London. The Spaniard was back at Barcelona but they offload him to Celta. No.23 Danny Welbeck is another player that won’t be at the Emirates come August as his contract is set to expire at the end of June, the club have confirmed that he will not be staying at the Emirates past this season. No.24 The number is currently free following Hector Bellerin’s decision to switch to No.2 prior to this season. No.28 Available after Joel Campbell moved to Italian side Frosinone on a three-year deal back in August. No.30 Ainsley Maitland-Niles was the last player to wear the number before switching to No.15.

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