Revealed! The best players ever to wear Arsenal’s squad numbers

first_img 24. Manuel Almunia (wore Arsenal’s No.24 between 2004 and 2008) – It was also worn by Mark Flatts (1993-1994 and 1995-1996), Paul Dickov (1994-1995), John Lukic (1996-2001), Richard Wright (2001-2002), Rami Shaaban (2002-2004), Vito Mannone (2008-2013), Abou Diaby (2013-2015) and Hector Bellerin (2015-present). 28 17. Emmanuel Petit (wore Arsenal’s No.17 between 1997 and 2000) – It was also worn by John Jensen (1993-1995), David Hillier (1995-1996), Edu (2000-2005), Alexandre Song (2005-2012), Nacho Monreal (2012-2014) and Alexis Sanchez (2014-present). getty images – getty 4. Patrick Vieira (wore Arsenal’s No.4 between 1996 and 2005) – It was also worn by Paul Davis (1994-1995), Stefan Schwarz (1995/96), Cesc Fabregas (2006-2011) and Per Mertesacker (2011- present). 28 21. Lukasz Fabianski (wore Arsenal’s No.21 between 2007 and 2014) – It was also worn by Steve Morrow (1993-1995), Eddie McGoldrick (1995-1996), Luis Boa Morte (1997-1999), Tomas Danilevicius (2000-2001), Jermaine Pennant (2001-2004), Mart Poom (2005-2007) and Calum Chambers (2014-present). 28 28 28 28 28 28 15. Ray Parlour (wore Arsenal’s No.15 between 1995 and 2004) – It was also worn by Anders Limpar (1993-1994), Stefan Schwarz (1994-1995), Cesc Fabregas (2004-2006), Denilson (2006-2011) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (2011-present). 28 10. Dennis Bergkamp (wore Arsenal’s No.10 between 1995 and 2006) – It was also worn by Paul Merson (1993-1995), William Gallas (2006-2010), Robin van Persie (2010-2012) and Jack Wilshere (2012- present). 28 28 13. Alexander Hleb (wore Arsenal’s No.13 between 2005 and 2008) – It was also worn by Alan Miller (1993-1994), Vince Bartram (1994-1997), Alex Manninger (1997-2001), Stuart Taylor (2001-2005), Wojciech Szczesny (2011-2012) and David Ospina (2014- present). 9. Nicolas Anelka (wore Arsenal’s No.9 between 1997 and 1999) – It was also worn by Alan Smith (1993-1995), Paul Merson (1995-1997), Davor Suker (1999-2000), Francis Jeffers (2001-2003), Jose Antonio Reyes (2003-2006), Julio Baptista (2006/07), Eduardo (2007-2010), Park Chu-Young (2011-2012) and Lukas Podolski (2012-2015). 28 GETTY 19. Gilberto Silva (wore Arsenal’s No.19 between 2002-2008) – It was also worn by Jimmy Carter (1993-1995), John Jensen (1995-1996), Remi Garde (1996-1999), Stefan Malz (1999-2001), Junichi Inamoto (2001-2002), Jack Wilshere (2008-2012) and Santi Cazorla (2012-present). 27. Emmanuel Eboue (wore Arsenal’s No.27 between 2004 and 2011) – It was also worn by Paul Dickov (1993-1994), Scott Marshall (1994-1995), Paul Shaw (1995-1997), Kaba Diawara (1998-1999), Stathis Tavlaridis (2001-2004), Gervinho (2011-2013) and Serge Gnabry (2014-present). 28 28 8. Ian Wright (wore Arsenal’s No.8 between 1993 and 1998) – It was also worn by Freddie Ljungberg (1998-2007), Samir Nasri (2008-2011) and Mikel Arteta (2011- present). 14. Thierry Henry (wore Arsenal’s No.14 between 1999 and 2007) – It was also worn by Martin Keown (1993-1999) and Theo Walcott (2008-present). 7. Robert Pires (wore Arsenal’s No.7 between 2000 and 2006) – It was also worn by Kevin Campbell (1993-1995), David Platt (1995-1998), Nelson Vivas (1998-2000) and Tomas Rosicky (2006- present). 20. Mathieu Flamini (has worn Arsenal’s No.20 since 2013) – It was also worn by Pal Lydersen (1993-1994), Chris Kiwomya (1995-1997), Matthew Upson (1997-2002), Guillame Warmuz (2002-2003), Philippe Senderos (2003-2006) and Johan Djourou (2006-2013). 28 28 28 25. Nwankwo Kanu (wore Arsenal’s No.25 between 1998 and 2004) – It was also worn by Neil Heaney (1993-1994), Mark Flatts (1994-1995), Scott Marshall (1995-1998), Emmanuel Adebayor (2005-2009) and Carl Jenkinson (2011-2014). 12. Lauren (wore Arsenal’s No.12 between 2000 and 2006) – Lauren was an Arsenal player for seven years from 2000 28 22. Gael Clichy (wore Arsenal’s No.22 between 2003 and 2011) – It was also worn by Ian Selley (1993-1997), Oleg Luzhny (1998-2003), Francis Coquelin (2012-2013) and Yaya Sanogo (2013-2015). The best player to wear no.1 for Arsenal since squad numbers were introduced in 1993 is David Seaman. To find out the rest of Arsenal’s best ever players by squad number, click the arrow above! – Seaman had Arsenal’s number one shirt between 1993 and 2003. It’s also been worn by Jens Lehmann (2003-2008), Manuel Almunia (2008-2012), Wojciech Szczesny (2012-present). 18. Gilles Grimandi (wore Arsenal’s No.18 between 1997 and 2002) – It was also worn by David Hillier (1993-1995), Steve Morrow (1995-1996), Pascal Cygan (2002-2006), Mikael Silvestre (2008-2010), Sebastien Squillaci (2010-2013) and Nacho Monreal (2013-present). 28 11. Marc Overmars (wore Arsenal’s No.11 between 1997 and 2000) – It was also worn by Eddie McGoldrick (1993-1995), Glenn Helder (1995-1996), Nicolas Anelka (1996-1997), Sylvain Wiltord (2000-2004), Robin van Persie (2004-2010), Carlos Vela (2010-2011), Andre Santos (2011-2013) and Mesut Ozil (2013- present). 5. Martin Keown (wore Arsenal’s No.5 between 1999 and 2004) – It was also worn by Andy Linighan (1993-1995), Steve Bould (1995-1999), Kolo Toure (2006-2009), Thomas Vermaelen (2009-2014) and Gabriel (2015- present). 23. Sol Campbell (wore Arsenal’s No.23 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Ray Parlour (1993-1995), Paul Dickov (1995-1996), Alberto Mendez (1997-1999), Nelson Vivas (2000-2001), Andrey Arshavin (2008-2013) and Danny Welbeck (2013-present). 2. Lee Dixon (wore Arsenal’s No.2 between 1993 and 2002) – It was also worn by Abou Diaby (2005-2013) and Mathieu Debuchy (2014- present). 28 Squad numbers were first introduced to the Premier League in 1993.Prior to that, teams numbered 1-11 in each game (with two substitutes as numbers 12 and 14), meaning players could change number each game.Since the introduction of squad numbers, however, certain players have become synonymous with the number on their back.At Arsenal, Tony Adams wore the number 6 until he retired, while Thierry Henry will always be no.14, despite his brief time as no.12.Some numbers at Arsenal have been worn by a succession of star, while other digits have been assigned to lesser lights.So, who are the best players to wear 1-28 for Arsenal in the era of squad numbers?Take a look at the slideshow above to find out!Disagree with our selection? Comment below. 28 28 16. Aaron Ramsey (wears Arsenal’s No.16 after being handed it in 2008) – It was also worn by John Hartson (1994-1996), Stephen Hughes (1998-1999), Sylvinho (1999-2001), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (2001-2004) and Mathieu Flamini (2004-2008). 28 28 28 28 6. Tony Adams (wore Arsenal’s No.6 between 1993 and 2002) – It was also worn by Philippe Senderos (2006-2008) and Laurent Koscielny (2010-present). 26. Nicklas Bendtner (wore Arsenal’s No.26 between 2007 and 2009) – It was also worn by Jimmy Will (1993-1994), Lee Harper (1994-1997), Fabian Caballero (1998-1999), Moritz Volz (1999-2000), Igors Stepanovs (2001-2004), Emmanuel Frimpong (2011-2014) and Emiliano Martinez (2014-present). 3. Ashley Cole (wore Arsenal’s No.3 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Nigel Winterburn (1993-2000), Igors Stepanovs (2000/01), Bacary Sagna (2007-2014) and Kieran Gibbs (2014- present). 28 28 28. Kolo Toure (wore Arsenal’s No.28 between 2001 and 2006) – It was also worn by Paul Shaw (1994-1995), Stephen Hughes (1995-1998), Michael Black (1998-1999), Graham Barrett (2000-2001), Amaury Bischoff (2008-2009), Kieran Gibbs (2009-2014) and Joel Campbell (2014-present).last_img read more