Arsenal club shop appear to confirm club have handed teenage sensation Bukayo Saka the No 7 jersey for next season with forward listed online as stepping into the jersey previously worn by icons Robert Pires and David Rocastle
- Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka has been given No 7 shirt ahead of next season
- Saka has been rewarded after he enjoyed a hugely impressive campaign
- The youngster recently signed a new deal and has demonstrated his versatility
Arsenal have given talented youngster Bukayo Saka the No 7 shirt ahead of next season.
Saka has enjoyed a hugely impressive campaign wearing No 77 but has now been rewarded with a lower squad number, reflecting how prominent a player he is for Mikel Arteta’ side.
Arsenal appeared to confirm Saka’s new squad number on their official online store.
Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka has been rewarded with the No 7 shirt ahead of next season
Arsenal appeared to confirm Saka’s new squad number on their official online store
The No 7 shirt was previously worn by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but the winger is set to join Roma permanently following a successful loan spell.
Saka first featured for the first-team in the 2018-19 campaign, but this season he has made a major breakthrough – playing 38 times across all competitions, scoring four goals and providing eleven assists.
A product of Arsenal’s Hale End academy, Saka has demonstrated his versatility throughout the campaign. Although naturally a left winger, he has also featured at left-back, on the right wing and in central midfield.
The No 7 shirt is one of the most iconic in Arsenal’s history having been worn by the likes of Robert Pires, David Rocastle, Liam Brady and George Armstrong.
Saka has impressed while wearing the No 77 but has been given a lower number for 2020-21
The prospect has demonstrated his versatility and recently signed a new long-term contract
Saka recently ended speculation about his future by signing a new contract with Arsenal which is set to run until the summer of 2024.
The 18-year-old is part of an exciting group of prospects that are emerging at Arsenal, with the likes of Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock having also been involved for Arteta’s side this season.
While his future at club level is secure, there is uncertainty about who Saka will represent on the international stage. He has been capped by England at under-19 level but Nigeria are eager for him to represent them.