Arsenal’s No.7 shirt has been worn by some brilliant players over the years, but it has a curious history in the Premier League era.
Bukayo Saka is the eighth player to wear the jersey since the English top flight introduced official squad numbers in the 1993-94 season.
Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners in January 2018 and enjoyed a brilliant start to his Arsenal career, registering a hat-trick of assists on his debut.
But he failed to establish himself as a regular in the team and the attacking midfielder was eventually deemed surplus to requirements by Unai Emery.
“Emery paid more attention to tactics, so my role changed,” Mkhitaryan told FourFourTwo in November 2019.
The 34-year-old has since rekindled his careerin Italy, moving to the Roma on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell back in 2019-20. Nowadays he’s turning out for Inter.
Alexis Sanchez (2014-2018)
During his three and a half years in north London, the Chile international, at times, almost singlehandedly dragged Arsenal through matches.
Ahead of his third season at Arsenal, Sanchez shifted from number 17 to his favoured No.7 shirt.
The forward then registered 24 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League in 2016-17 and also helped the Gunners win the FA Cup.
But he tainted his Arsenal legacy by joining Manchester United in January 2018.
Robert Pires (2000-2006)
Sleek skills. glossy passing. Genius brain.
Robert Pires was one third of arguably the deadliest trio in Arsenal’s history. In front of left-back Ashley Cole and behind striker Thierry Henry, Arsenal’s left-hand side seemed capable of dismantling the country’s most formidable opponents on their own.
At Arsenal, he spent six years winning two Premier League trophies, and two FA Cups and at the end of his career, he was named the sixth greatest Arsenal player of all time.
Campbell was part of the side which won the First Division title in 1991 and later became the first Arsenal player to be officially assigned the No.7 in the Premier League.
The striker scored 19 goals in all competitions in 1993-94 and helped the club win the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
He fell down the pecking order following Dennis Bergkamp’s arrival in 1995 and decided to joined Nottingham Forest in search of regular first-team football.
“You have got to remember I was a London boy and I supported the club so it was a special time to play for them.
Tomas Rosicky (2006-2016)
Czech midfielder Rosicky won two FA Cups at Arsenal, but failed to make more than 28 Premier League appearances in any campaign at the club.
Arsène Wenger summed up his number seven perfectly when he said: “If you love football, you love Tomas Rosicky.”
Rosicky was plagued by injury for much of that decade and put his decision to hang up his boots down to being unable to keep up with the physical demands of football.
Robert Pires is arguably Arsenal’s most iconic No.7.
The forward served the Gunners fantastically and his contribution to one of the finest eras of Arsenal Football Club will never be forgotten.