Arsenal have confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will play in the number seven shirt next season after unveiling the team’s new kit for the 2016-17 campaign.
The Chile international has worn the 17 shirt since his arrival at the Emirates from Barcelona in 2014, but following the departure of Tomas Rosicky, the 27-year-old has snapped up his ex-teammate’s squad number.
The new kit, manufactured by Puma, retains Arsenal’s classic red and white colours, but the home shirt includes a new vertical stripe down the front, and the white shorts have a red band down the side.
When asked for his thoughts on the new kit, Hector Bellerin told the club’s official website: “We are really pleased with the way it looks. I think the fans are really going to like it. It’s a bit of a throwback as well. I like the design with the line in the centre, it’s something different. I’ve seen the players modelling it and I think it’s going to look really good.”
Arsenal finished the 2015-16 Premier League campaign in second place, 10 points adrift of champions Leicester City.
New season, new kit, new number for @Alexis_Sanchez https://t.co/rDf8iC1fXQpic.twitter.com/H08v8Fyf9B
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 23, 2016
Here’s my new @PUMAFootball @Arsenal kit!! What you guys thinking? 🔴⚪pic.twitter.com/2eehVjuY2Z
— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) May 23, 2016