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WILLIAM SALIBA may be given a new jersey number at Arsenal.

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William Saliba set for new Arsenal shirt number with four Gunners tipped for departure

Arsenal defender William Saliba may be given a new shirt number as four players are expected to leave the club this summer.

The French defender wore No. 12 during the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on the opening day of the Premier League, but he could wear a different number for the rest of the season.

Saliba wore the No. 2 jersey for Marseille last season, but was drafted 12 at Arsenal because Hector Bellerin holds the No. 2.

The Spanish full-back spent last season on loan at Real Betis and does not appear to be in Mikel Arteta’s plans this season, with former Gunner Kevin Campbell predicting that he and three other fringe players will leave the club this month.

Saliba wore the No. 2 jersey for Marseille last season, but was drafted 12 at Arsenal

“I expect [Pablo] Mari and Bellerin to leave,” Campbell told Football Insider. 

“Bellerin has been a good servant but there is no point keeping him when his time is up. Saliba wants his number two shirt as well. It is one of those things. It has to happen.

“[Ainsley] Maitland-Niles is one I’m not sure on. It might be a loan move for him. Reiss Nelson might also have to leave on loan.

“He has looked alright in pre-season but the standards and levels at Arsenal are going up. You cannot carry dead wood. Some of these guys might be used as squad players and may well be the Hale End boys.”

According to ESPN, despite the fact that the season has already begun, Saliba could switch to the No. 2 jersey because players can swap numbers if the previous holder of the jersey has left the club.

Last season, Manchester United acquired Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus after the season had begun, and Edinson Cavani was wearing the Portuguese striker’s preferred shirt number.

The Uruguayan was not sold, but Ronaldo was given special permission by the Premier League to take his number, and Cavani switched to No 21 when Dan James was sold to Leeds.

However, whether Saliba will change his number this season is another question, as many Arsenal fans will have already purchased a shirt with his name and No 12 on the back, though if that decision is made, fans will most likely not have to pay to get a new shirt or have the name and number on their existing Saliba jersey changed.

On his Premier League debut on Friday, Saliba kept a clean sheet and looked commanding at the back alongside Gabriel.

“It was very good because we start with a win and a clean sheet,” Saliba said after the win over Palace.

“It was a tough game, but we won at the end, so very good. I’ve waited a long time, but we [did it] in my first ever game, and I am so happy.”

William Saliba set for new Arsenal shirt number with four Gunners tipped for departure

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