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Lucas Pérez chose his (cursed) squad number

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Hopefully this works out better than usual.

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Most of the time, soccer players stick to a pretty typical template when they’re choosing their shirt numbers. Strikers have their numbers, defenders have theirs, and typically everyone tries to keep their number as low as possible. One of these numbers is 9. It’s a striker number. Usually it’s the number for a very good striker. But not at Arsenal. You see, at Arsenal the number 9 is “cursed,” and anyone who picks it is courting disaster.

Uh oh. Lucas is screwed.

Just kidding, curses aren’t real. And besides, Lukas Podolski was kind of good for a year or so, so that probably means even if it were real, it’s been broken, right? Right?!

Anyway, here’s hoping Lucas Pérez is able to surpass the dizzying heights of the Arsenal careers of legends like Podolski and Park Chu-young and actually do some good things. Like scoring goals, and actually running occasionally, and playing in games.