Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has revealed how he fought and got to wearing the No.14 shirt once donned by club legend Thierry Henry.
Just like Henry before him, the Gabonese forward won last season’s Premier League Golden Boot award on 22 goals.
However, Aubameyang admits he had reservations about taking up the No.14 jersey at first, instead looking to wear No.9 or No.7 – with the latter being vacated by Alexis Sanchez upon his departure to Manchester United.
But the 30-year-old was left with little choice, given that Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who joined Arsenal as part of Sanchez’s move to United – already occupied those respective numbers.
“I like two numbers, nine and seven,” he toldArsenal’s official website.
“But he (Lacazette) has nine and Miki had seven. I asked Miki before I came ‘will you be taking the No.7?’ and he said yes so I said ‘OK I will try something else’.
“He left, but I scored a lot of goals with this number 14 so I leave it like this.”
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