Alex Iwobi has expressed his excitement over the new Arsenal shirt number 45 which he swapped for Alexis Sanchez’s number 17 ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season.Image: Alex Iwobi's new Arsenal shirt showing number 17.
The Chilean is still under contract with Arsenal but had chosen to switch his own number for Tomas Rosicky‘s following the player’s exit after the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign.
Rosicky wore No. 7 shirt during his stay at the club.
Iwobi broke on the Emirates Stadium scene wearing No. 45 after scoring two goals and making two assists in 13 Premier League appearances.
Aged 20, the Nigerian player couldn’t be happier at the chance of this honor bestowed on him to wear Alexis Sanchez’s number.
He shared a tweet as part of his celebration after succeeding the former Barcelona forward’s shirt number 17 shirt as he says goodbye to an aged 45.
Iwobi wrote on his Instagram page: “Very Gutted To Let Go Of ‘Big45’ However It Is An Honour To Be Given Number 17 , New Chapter In My Career #COYG ️”
The Nigerian midfielder helped Arsenal secure a second place finish in the Premier League after a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa on the final day of the 2015/16 season.
Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:
- longliveneensNo more big45 no safety pussy ? 😥 @s_matic
- bowyzheepijperWhut about sanchez?
- rachel_rek@gavinlynam23 yesss
- sir_fred1Bravo bro @alexanderiwobibetter days ahead….@bowyzheepijper, he (alexis)now wears Jersey no 7
- bowyzheepijper@sir_fred1 adonbilivit
- manhimself15@bowyzheepijper 7
- manhimself15@longliveneens looool truss
- firstname.lastname@example.org what about Sanchez
- bassdog61Hopefully some of that Alexis magic will rub off!
- emiirhaaanSanchez 7, Ramsey 8, Cech 1, Xhaka tar Coqs nr och nu Iwobi haha vad är det här 😂 @hampusjarding
- aneesmassoued12@usefelmikaty a7a y3ny Ana h5od da
- hampusjardingHaha bingolotto om vilket nummer man får iår 😂@emiirhaaan
- lachie.kennedyI’ve heard Sanchez is number 7 now @max_lamers11
- hardeykoonley_More grease to ur elbow
- nazifi_ahmadLove from Jigawa Nigeria
- utt20g_cYou deserve 17👍