Does Abou Diaby's Shirt Number Switch Suggest a New Comer at Arsenal?

By Stowe Gregory
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Arsenal‘s official club website displays that Abou Diaby‘s shirt number is set to be No. 24 for the coming season, leaving No. 2 unused. Is this a hint towards a possible new addition for Arsene Wenger‘s side?

There are plenty of rumors that lack any real depth, and I’d like to add that this is purely speculation, creating an awareness of such an idea.

The 27-year-old French midfielder has suffered severely unfortunate strings of injuries during his initially promising career and is set to be out of action again until at least December. The shirt number change, however, could possibly suggest that his lack of game time has resulted in him moving shirt number, to accommodate a new comer.

Per Mertesacker was seen wearing No. 2 in training this week, but it is common for clubs to have players where various numbers in training.

Are Arsenal going to be signing someone who will wear No. 2? Is a deal near completion, so the club took the step to allow for his desired shirt number? The No. 2 shirt is typically seen worn by right backs; Arsenal have been linked this summer with both Paris Saint-Germain‘s Mamadou Sakho and Toulouse‘s Serge Aurie — both play in that position.

This may all turn out to be something irrelevant, but it is rare that a player changes a number to something that is considered of lower worth, such as Diaby’s switch form two to 24. Either way, Arsenal fans will be hoping that at last it will be a player who brings confidence so that they can push onwards next season.

Stowe Gregory is an English featured Soccer and Sports writer for Follow him or tweet on Twitter @stowegregory. Or add to circles on Google +

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