Robin van Persie and Carlos Vela are Arsenal’s new #10 and #11
Written by Renzo on July 21, 2010 4:30
For many, it is back to where it belongs, as Arsenal have confirmed that Dutch striker Robin van Persie will wear number ten next season for the Gunners.
The 26-year will therefore follow in Dennis Bergkamp’s footsteps after French defender William Gallas opted not to extend his contract with the North London Club and will leave during the summer transfer window together with Mikael Silvestre as confirmed by manager Arsene Wenger earlier this week.
Also changing jersey number is Mexican striker Carlos Vela. One who is almost always linked with a possible move away from Arsenal during market windows, the change of jersey number could however mean that Arsene Wenger is ready to use the striker as a regular, especially now that Eduardo looked set to join FC Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.
It will of course be the same number Vela utilised during his unlucky spell in the 2010 World Cup Finals, tournament which the youngster ended prematurely after a hamstring injury.
As explained on the club’s official website, anyone who has already pre-ordered the #10 or #11 shirts from Arsenal.com with Robin van Persie’s name and number will receive their shirt with the new squad number.
Anyone who has pre-ordered or bought the new Arsenal shirts with ‘Vela 12′ from Arsenal.com can return their shirt to exchange it for one with the updated number. Proof of purchase will be required.