Following the arrival of Henrik Mkhitaryan from Manchester United, it didn’t take long for Arsenal to bestow the coveted 7 to the Armenian attacker. However, due to the fact that Alexis Sanchez had already worn the #7 for Arsenal in the Europa League, Mkhitaryan was forced to use a different number, because what are sports without archaic and arbitrary rules?
Now that the transfer deadline day dust has settled, Arsenal have announced the Europa league kit number for Mkhitaryan as, easily enough, 77.
New: Mkhitaryan added to Europa League and his new number revealed https://t.co/3CAiKkwunr #arsenal #afc pic.twitter.com/Y9OPBhYeNX— arseblognews (@arseblognews) February 2, 2018
With this unorthodox number, Mkhitaryan becomes the first player in Arsenal history to wear 77 for the Gunners.
Other notable kit number assignments include Pierre-Emerik Aubameyang selecting Henry’s 14, freshly vacated by the departing Theo Walcott, and 27 for the 20 year old Konstantinos Mavropanos.
It remains to be seen if any players select new numbers with the recent availability of kit numbers due to the mass exodus of first team players. Newly available numbers include 12 from Olivier Giroud, 34 from Francis Coquelin, 2 from Matheiu Debuchy, 32 from Chuba Akpom, and 22 from Jeff Rein-Adelaide.
However, there is still no word on whether or not Mesut Ozil’s new contract extension involves the acquisition of the #10 from Jack Wilshere.