Alex Iwobi rewarded with new Arsenal shirt number

Alex Iwobi will wear the number 17 shirt for Arsenal from next season

Alex Iwobi has been rewarded for his impressive season with Arsenal by being handed the number 17 shirt, previously occupied by Alexis Sanchez.

The young midfielder earned plenty of new admirers after breaking into the north London club’s first team last season.

Iwobi became a regular fixture in Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up at The Emirates as he scored two goals and made two assists in a total of 17 games in all competitions for Arsenal.

Sanchez has since been handed the number seven shirt at Arsenal, and the north London club confirmed on Friday that Iwobi – who previously wore number 45 – will be wearing the number 17 shirt from next season.

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The 20-year-old’s fine form for Arsenal towards the end of the season was one of the few positives for Wenger’s side as their title challenge unravelled and they were knocked out of all cup competitions, as they eventually finished second in the Premier League table.

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