Photo: Alex Iwobi explains decision to change to new Arsenal shirt number

Alex Iwobi is honoured to be handed the Arsenal No17 shirt number

Alex Iwobi has explained his decision to swap Arsenal shirt number 45 for Alexis Sanchez’s number 17 ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

The Chile international seized the chance to fill the vacant number seven shirt following Tomas Rosicky’s departure at the end of the campaign.

Iwobi broke on the Emirates Stadium scene wearing No45 after scoring two goals and making two assists in 13 Premier League appearances.

And the 20-year-old spoke of his honour at succeeding the former Barcelona forward in the number 17 shirt after deciding to bid farewell to No45.

Iwobi wrote on his Instagram page: “Very Gutted To Let Go Of ‘Big45’ However It Is An Honour To Be Given Number 17 , New Chapter In My Career #COYG ✌🏽️”

The Nigerian midfielder helped Arsenal secure a second place finish in the Premier League after a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa on the final day of the 2015/16 season.

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The Gunners failed to win any silverware, though, after Arsene Wenger’s side made premature exits in the Champions League and the FA Cup.

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