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Lille have accepted an offer from Arsenal said to be in the region of €30m for Gabriel Magalhaes and the player now has to pick between us and Napoli, so what could Gabriel Magalhaes’ Arsenal shirt number be if he does sign?
Gabriel Magalhaes is on the move with his destination getting clearer. With offers from multiple clubs on the table, it has now, apparently, been whittled down to just two – Arsenal and Napoli.
Gabriel’s club have accepted bids from both and now it is for the player to decide where he wants to go, according to a report from France.
Should he pick Arsenal, what shirt numbers are available for him?
Gabriel Magalhaes Arsenal shirt number
The 22-year-old wore the number 4 at Lille until this month when the club handed it to a teenager when they left Gabriel out of their squad for a friendly. It’s certainly the number he favours but, should he sign for Arsenal, it will adorn the back of his centre-back partner, William Saliba.
Gabriel has also worn 14, the number he wears for Brazil’s u20s, but that should hopefully be remaining on the back of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a few more years yet.
He has also spent a season wearing 3, 6 and 21.
At Arsenal, Kieran Tierney obviously has the number 3 shirt while the 21 belongs to Calum Chambers.
The 6, however, is free and has felt like it’s been kept that way specifically for a new centreback.
Arsenal’s number 6
The 6 at Arsenal has been unassigned since Laurent Koscielny’s tetchy departure in 2019 and is a monster of a number at the club.
It has adorned the back of Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Steve Bould, Michael ‘it’s up for grabs’ Thomas, David Rocastle, David O’Leary, Charlie George, Terry Neill, George Armstrong, and many more.
Any defender or midfielder should be proud to not only have this number given to them but to have had it kept open specifically.
Should Gabriel Magalhaes sign for Arsenal he would become the third Gabriel they have signed in their history with all three hailing from Brazil.
The other two are, of course, Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Paulista.
Should Gabriel Magalhaes sign for Arsenal he would become the 17th Brazilian the club have signed.
- Andre Santos
- David Luiz
- Gabriel Martinelli
- Gabriel Paulista
- Gilberto Silva
- Julio Baptista
- Pedro Bothelo
- Wellington Silva
Other Arsenal shirt numbers that could become available
Sokratis has been told he can leave, he’s said he doesn’t really want to.
Lucas Torreira could be on his way back to Italy.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is up for sale, one of four players the club want to sell that Arteta wants to keep.
Rob Holding is available and a target for Leeds.
Shkodran Mustafi is off crutches and up for sale.
Sead Kolasinac is available but nobody seems interested just yet.