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Arsenal Have A New Number 1 – 2012/13 Squad Numbers Confirmed

Arsenal have confirmed the squad numbers for the upcoming 2012/13 season, and the most notable change is Wojciech Szczesny taking over the number one shirt.

Wojciech Szczesny

Wojciech Szczesny - new No.1

Arsenal have confirmed the squad numbers for the upcoming 2012/13 season, and the most notable change is Wojciech Szczesny taking over the number one shirt from the departed Manuel Almunia.

The big Pole has been forced to wear the number 13 shirt while Almunia was still on the books, but with the Spaniard being released this summer, Szczesny has now been handed the coveted No.1 jersey.

New summer signing Olivier Giroud has been given the No.12 shirt, while Francis Coquelin is now No.22 and Kyle Bartley No.35.

Interestingly the club state on Arsenal.com that Lukas Podolski is yet to be allocated a shirt number.

“The shirt number of Lukas Podolski, who joined the Club from Cologne, has yet to be confirmed.”

It read on the clubs official website

I think it’s fair to say that this is due to the uncertainty over the future of captain Robin van Persie. Should, as expected, RVP leave this summer Podolski will almost certainly take over the No.10 shirt.

Here is a full list of the squad numbers as listed on Arsenal.com today:

1 Wojciech Szczesny
2 Abou Diaby
3 Bacary Sagna
4 Per Mertesacker
5 Thomas Vermaelen
6 Laurent Koscielny
7 Tomas Rosicky
8 Mikel Arteta
9 Ju Young Park
10 Robin van Persie
11 Andre Santos
12 Olivier Giroud
14 Theo Walcott
15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
16 Aaron Ramsey
17 Alex Song
18 Sebastien Squillaci
19 Jack Wilshere
20 Johan Djourou
21 Lukasz Fabianski
22 Francis Coquelin
23 Andrey Arshavin
24 Vito Mannone
25 Carl Jenkinson
26 Emmanuel Frimpong
27 Gervinho
28 Kieran Gibbs
29 Marouane Chamakh
31 Ryo
35 Kyle Bartley
52 Nicklas Bendtner
TBC Lukas Podolski

What do you make of Podolski not being given a shirt number? Get involved in the comments section.

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64 Comments

64 Comments

  1. Ismaheel shola akeem warrah

    July 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    To me, for lukas podolski that not be given shirt may activeless boy rvp will leave wenger now the shirt give podolski

  2. Thabo Mbeki

    July 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    He wants the traitor’s number 10 shirt, hurry up and leave RvP so a player that wants to be at Arsenal can wear the shirt.

  3. gunner357

    July 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    this might mean theres no certainty of RVP leaving this season

  4. Antonio

    July 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    And what is he waiting 4

  5. Antonio

    July 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    And what is he waiting 4.arsene let rvp go!

  6. Jay

    July 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Did it ever occur to anybody that he might be getting Park’s #9 but it would be a bit insulting to strip a player of his shirt while still with the team?

  7. Titus,

    July 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    What is Sebastien Squillaci still doing on Arsenal’s payroll!!!!!!!!!!!!. Johan Djourou???? These guys should have left Yesterday!!!!!!. On Lukas Podolski not being given shirt number it clearly shows that RVP is on his way out…Betrayer!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Naanshep Innocent

    July 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    please what is Mr. Arsene is waiting 4 with podolski that he did not give him his jersey number. please let van-destruction go so that he will get no. 10 jersey.

  9. WillyG

    July 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    To give Abou Lazy Diaby a number is a big crime.

  10. richard morgan

    July 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    RVP will only leave if the price is right. That hardly matters even should he stay the number 10 shirt should be stripped from him and given to poldolski and RVP then forced to wear the number 0 on his back the ) is the number of the fool in the tarot. As for aquillacci the club he was going to baulked at his wages even a free transfer could not persuade them to take him.

  11. Clement Aniefiok

    July 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    RVP is a good guy.. I luv is courage to talk the club into wat we may see as new gunners! Podolski should hold his peace cus we r nt in a hurry to let our star man go lik dat

  12. Bryte

    July 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Of-course even a blind can c it dat RVP is on his way out of Arsenal & Podolski will automatically take No. 10

  13. Goonerbeall

    July 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Relax guys, there is method in madness. Wenger wants maybe to keep VP come what may. Thats whay he asked a reasonably high price £20m. This however is too high for Fergie who anticipate trouble in case his injuries were on holiday and back for good this time. Manchini has 3 strikers he has to get off the books before he can buy. Juventus are skint and cant afford a high transfer fee. His wages can be recouped by offering protection to all corner shops and cafes in Turin and money collected in a brown envelopes every weekend.

    Yeah, RVP w2ill be kept for the last season and have him repaying our loyalty, money he ot when he was naffall sleeping on treatment bed. He will have to perform else his career will be finished home and away. Next year he will be a few weeks short of 30 years and unofficially over-he-hill. Lets see who would want him unless he fancies playing in the lower echelons of EPL. Keep him, and maybe he along with Podolski and Giroud they may even win us a cup or two. Keep him Wenger Keep him.

  14. Muhammad Katsina

    July 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    mr wenger pls change Abou Diaby No. Give him 28 then Sagna will go for 2 nd Santos will go for 3. Then give Gervinho 11 nd for Rvp decide very quickly so that Podolski will know his feet. If U will take ma Advise mr wenger Sale Rvp or replaced him with Dzeko cox he played his last ball ever in his carrier he cant play in any ware or any team even at Arsenal. So pls let him go ware ever he wish. Let the liability go

  15. AJIBOYE OLAMILEKAN

    July 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I dont know what is RVP still doin when you have alredy declear your intetion,if is goin sign let him do it fast? But is has if prof. Wenger dont whant him to go,then increase his wage for him,atlease £150 per weekly let him stay thanks, OLAMILEKAN?

  16. Lister Uche

    July 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    what are we (Arsenal) waiting 4??,,,,offload him(RVP) b4 he becomes a liability to us…He had his best injury free season and yet he’s threating us….we’ll be better off without him….If the great Thierry Henry can wear #12 why not Giroud??

  17. Khalil

    July 25, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Please arsene wenger let rvp go becouse weather he will stay or not the club most proceed by the grace of God.

  18. rvp

    July 25, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    It better to advice Arsene to find another number Shirt for Podoski because i’m going no where because i just want to force Wenger to buy quality players so we can fight and win some trophies these season.

  19. Hussaini Bauchi

    July 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Mr prof give poldi 9+1 incase if Rvp stay and i want our defence number 2 b ascending

  20. Sessy guy

    July 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    It better to advice Arsene to find another number Shirt for Podoski because rvp is going no where because he just want to force Wenger to buy quality players so they can fight and win some trophies these season.

  21. rabiu_gunner

    July 25, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    in my view, jersy no.9,10,13,16,18,20 and 29 should be vacant now and bring in a capable hands frm our reserve and around d world. Then i canl bet we wil win 1 or 2 trophies next seasn.

  22. Hameed Olayinka

    July 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    To mi for lukas that may not given shirt is the setuation of RVP either may go or not.

  23. Gooner1980

    July 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I agree with you on diabys squad number, but mate shut up about RVP, yes he’s been in and out of the treatment room a hell of a lot over the last eight years but look what he did when he was fit, golden boot in the EPL, he is now only 1 of 5/6 players to score 30+ goals in a 38 game season, he equalled alan shearers goal tally for goals scored in a calender year, we should be pulling out all the stops to keep him..IN ARSENE WE TRUST!!

  24. Meshack Omweno

    July 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    rvp must go so 2 hv pple who r ready 2 bring da club into glory.

  25. ibraheem

    July 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    what of jersey number 13?, since given to our goalie

  26. Soji D1

    July 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Let him go, we can do witout him. RVP give others dat want 2 do it 4 us(ARSENAL) change so dat dey can show der talent. RVP go….

  27. Maiko jm

    July 25, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    This is one way of telling RVP that arsenal is not desperate to keep him. Many players are yearning for his position. RVP keep watching that space! !

  28. Masa'udu Muhammad Faskari

    July 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    The prefarable number for podolski is no 10 because i don’t think RVP will play for the gunners this season.

  29. Younghouny

    July 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Oga winger.collect dat number 11 from santos and give it to lukas.den giv santos 22..my rvp is goin no where.just buy his class of players 4him.dat all he need.

  30. bc

    July 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    i expect, nos.18, 23 and 52 to become available very soon. perhaps, 9 & 29 too

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