New Arsenal signing Thomas Partey will wear the No18 shirt following his transfer deadline day move from Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal activated the Ghanaian’s £45million release clause to seal a late move for the 27-year-old , having tracked the midfielder all summer.
The Gunners confirmed on Monday night that, Thomas Partey would wear the No18 jersey, previously worn in the Premier League by Nacho Monreal, having been vacant since the Spaniard left the club.
Previous incumbents of the shirt include Mikael Silvestre, Sebastien Squillaci, Pascal Cygan, Giles Grimandi, Steve Morrow and David Hillier.
Reacting to the signing, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad. He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in LaLiga and the Champions League for several years.
“We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”