Thomas Partey is the newest player to be handed Arsenal‘s No.5 shirt – however how have the different incumbents of the shirt fared in the Premier League period?
Just seven gamers have worn the jersey since the English high flight launched official squad numbers in the 1993-94 season, and the outcomes are fairly blended.
We’ve ranked every player to wear the No.5 shirt for Arsenal in the Premier League period from worst to finest.
7. Gabriel Paulista
Not to be mistaken with Arsenal’s present Gabriel, Paulista spent two and a half years at the Emirates and is finest remembered for being terrorised by Diego Costa.
He additionally took his ardour and aggression a bit too far, averaging a yellow or purple card every 329.5 minutes in the Premier League. No marvel he was labelled a “scorching head” by Arsene Wenger.
The centre-back struggled to dislodge the Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker partnership and was subsequently bought at a small loss to Valencia in 2017.
“In the Premier League, I attempted to show my price however I didn’t get the possibilities,” Paulista instructed The Independent in 2019. “When I performed, it was usually due to an harm to my team-mates. I deserved extra alternatives. I used to be unhappy as a result of I knew I had the capability to play however different folks didn’t assume so.”
Signed from Borussia Dortmund for £17.6million in 2018, Sokratis was supposed to repair Arsenal’s frailties along with his old-school method to defending.
The centre-back was stable if not spectacular for Unai Emery however his limitations on the ball noticed him fall out of favour underneath Mikel Arteta.
After being excluded from their Premier League and Europa League squads at the begin of the 2020-21 season, he had his contract was cancelled by mutual consent and joined Olympiacos in January 2021.
At least he’ll all the time have that run in opposition to Leeds.
5. Andy Linighan
After scoring the extra-time winner in the 1993 FA Cup remaining in opposition to Sheffield Wednesday, Linighan grew to become the first Arsenal player to be formally assigned the No.5 shirt.
The centre-back was behind the likes of Tony Adams, Steve Bould and Martin Keown in the pecking order however nonetheless made 41 Premier League appearances over the following two seasons.
He switched to the No.12 shirt forward of the 1995-96 season earlier than finishing a everlasting transfer to Crystal Palace in January 1997.
Upon retirement, Linighan grew to become the proprietor of a plumbing firm. We can’t fairly see Partey following in his footsteps with this one.
“Merson to take it… ANDY LINIGHAN HAS WON THE CUP FOR ARSENAL!” 😆
On this present day in 1993… 🏆 pic.twitter.com/sBaFQmXXdN
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) May 20, 2018
4. Thomas Vermaelen
Vermaelen joined Arsenal from Ajax in 2009 and loved an excellent debut season, scoring seven Premier League targets and incomes a spot in the PFA Team of the Year.
But he by no means performed greater than the 45 video games he managed in that first season, with a sequence of harm issues limiting him to simply 150 video games in 5 years at the membership.
The Belgium worldwide was nonetheless given the captaincy after Robin van Persie’s sale to Manchester United in 2012, solely to then reject a brand new contract and be a part of Barcelona two years later.
3. Kolo Toure
The man, the fable, the legend.
Having established himself as one among the finest defenders in the Premier League, Toure was handed Arsenal’s No.5 shirt forward of the 2006-07 season.
He then shaped an excellent defensive partnership with William Gallas and – extra importantly – continued to delight followers along with his hilarious antics on and off the pitch.
The centre-back remained a key player for the Gunners till a livid bust-up with Gallas fuelled his departure in the summer time of 2009.
READ: A celebration of Kolo Toure: Likeable, hilarious, and likewise very, excellent
2. Steve Bould
Despite becoming a member of Arsenal in 1988, Bould had to wait till the begin of the 1995-96 season earlier than formally getting his arms on their No.5 shirt.
The centre-back was a part of the membership’s famed back-four alongside the likes of Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Tony Adams, serving to strike worry into opponents.
He grew to become an skilled and essential determine in Arsenal’s 1997-98 double success, making 34 appearances in all competitions for Arsene Wenger’s aspect.
Bould noticed out his enjoying profession at Sunderland in 1999-00 earlier than becoming a member of Arsenal’s teaching workers, the place he continued to work till being sacked in 2021.
#OTD in 1998: Arsenal beat Everton 4-0 at Highbury, securing our first Premeir League and eleventh League Title 🏆
“And it’s Adams, put by way of by Bould… WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT?! THAT SUMS IT ALL UP!” #AFC pic.twitter.com/I2nl4ns6Ns
— Fanzine (@Fanzine_com) May 3, 2020
1. Martin Keown
Keown inherited the No.5 shirt from Bould in 1999 and positively had lots to reside up to, however he didn’t let the stress have an effect on his performances.
The defender wore the shirt with appreciable distinction, profitable a second Premier League and FA Cup double with the membership in 2001-02.
He then performed a peripheral position in his remaining season at Arsenal, making 10 league appearances as they went unbeaten in 2003-04. His greatest impression – a great one, admittedly – was his goading of Ruud van Nistelrooy in the Battle of Old Trafford.
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