It is considered one of the most coveted numbers in soccer. A number that brings with it such authority, a real label of a footballer’s class. It is, in fact, the No.10 – and Arsenal’s has a fairly spectacular lineage. 
Since 1992, and the creation of the Premier League, the Gunners have hoovered up three league titles and 9 FA Cups. Invariably, the number 10 at the time had a big function to play in every success.
Before the 2021-22 marketing campaign kicks off, six gamers have worn the specific shirt in the Premier League and right here is how we expect they rank. Will Emile Smith Rowe surpass them?

6. William Gallas
After making the leap from Stamford Bridge to the Emirates, Gallas asserted himself by taking Dennis Bergkamp’s digits. Let’s be trustworthy, a centre-back sporting the number 10 shirt seems to be very, very bizarre.
Arsene Wenger did do his finest to clarify the choice, nonetheless: “In the finish, I assumed it is perhaps a good suggestion to present the number 10 to a defender as a result of a striker would endure lots with the comparability with Dennis. At first, I used to be reluctant to present Dennis’s number out, and particularly to a defender, however total I feel it’s higher that manner.”
Fighting followers, calling out Arsenal’s youth, scoring a surprisingly great amount of objectives in the Champions League; Gallas was a totally entertaining determine in his 4 seasons in the purple half of north London. But we can’t be seen to help defenders sporting the number 10.

5. Jack Wilshere
In the large realm of ‘what if?’ gamers, there are none greater than Jack Wilshere.
At his peak, he was merely an utter pleasure to look at and after bursting onto the scene, it appeared like he can be an ever-present in the Gunners midfield, most likely captaining them till he retired. Wenger noticed that very same future too.
“[Wilshere] is of course a man who just isn’t petrified of something on the soccer pitch and that’s often the signal of a frontrunner. He needs to win and reveals you that.
“Of course, he shall be considered one of the leaders of this membership – in truth, he already is. A pacesetter is any person who does every part on the pitch to assist his staff to win. And he does that.”
We all learn about Wilshere’s damage file so let’s not dwell on it. Let’s simply watch his objective in opposition to Norwich on repeat.

Wilshere vs Norwich, 2013 #TargetsOfTheDecade
— Throwback Arsenal (@ThrowbackAFC) December 27, 2019

4. Mesut Ozil 
Never earlier than have Arsenal followers had such a complicated relationship with a participant. They beloved him for his imaginative and prescient, they hated him for his reluctance. And these emotions battled one another for eight-and-a-half years.
Sky Sports News will most likely by no means once more see such energetic scenes as they did when the three-time main La Liga assister signed on switch deadline day in 2013, and whereas he might have pissed off, there isn’t a doubting the class Ozil confirmed as effectively.
The German maestro arguably performed that number 10 function higher than anybody since a sure Dutchman retired. Even if he did achieve this extremely erratically.
3. Paul Merson
Before he solid a profession mispronouncing gamers’ names, Merson was considered one of England’s finest attacking forces.
Capable of taking part in in behind the striker or main the line himself, he hung round at Highbury for 12 years earlier than transferring on to Middlesbrough, scoring some completely wonderful objectives alongside the manner.
Unfortunately for him we’re being strict, and solely 5 of these seasons had been spent taking part in in the Premier League; in any other case he might have discovered himself a spot larger. Yes, we’ve got determined that soccer did in truth begin in 1992. Sorry, Paul.

2. Robin van Persie
One of the most brutally environment friendly strikers the Premier League has ever seen, Van Persie had no real interest in taking part in as an attacking midfielder.
(*10*), he initially turned down the number 10 shirt after Bergkamp departed, not wanting to attract comparisons between himself and his compatriot. But Van Persie demanded it after Gallas left in 2010, finally breaking into the Gunners high 10 all-time high scorers.
Yes, Arsenal followers. We know you don’t like how he ended issues and left for Manchester United. But let’s not neglect, how bloody good he was in north London.
1. Dennis Bergkamp
A person who merely set the bar for all on-field artists that got here after him. Statistics won’t ever do the nice man justice.

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