Currently sporting that number for Leicester, it just
so happens that the shirt has been vacant since
Lukas Podolski was sold at the end of the 14/15
season. Handy, eh?
To be fair, in recent years, the Arsenal number 9
shirt has been worn by some seriously dodgy
signings. Only Eduardo, really, brought pride to
the shirt in the last 16 years and made us think
about it in the way a 9 should be thought of.
Park Chu-Young, Julio Baptista, Jose Antonio-
Reyes, Francis Jeffers and Davor Suker have all
donned the sacred shirt this century.
Before them came Nicolas Anelka, Paul Merson,
and Alan Smith in the history of Arsenal number
9s in the Premier League.
No matter what you think of Vardy, there’s no
denying he is an out-and-out number 9.
No other number would be right for him.
Hopefully he can outdo the last five in terms of
goals scored in their first seasons.
To be fair, he only needs one to do better than
Vardy finally signs for
Arsenal, there will be only
one shirt number he’s
going to get* – Arsenal’s
Goals scored in first season
Lukas Podolski 16
Park Chu-Young 0
Julio Baptista 10
Jose Antonio-Reyes 5
Francis Jeffers 2
*he could get another number, but it seems