Emi Buendia to Arsenal: Shirt numbers Norwich star could wear if he completes transfer

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Arsenal are eyeing a move for Norwich City star Emiliano Buendia in the January transfer window. The Gunners are reportedly eyeing a cash-plus-player deal for the Argentinian which could see Joe Willock or Reiss Nelson head in the opposite direction.

Buendia caught the eye for Norwich last season despite their relegation from the Premier League and has continued his fine form in the Championship next season.

But whilst he would likely be keen on a move to Arsenal, he would have a limited choice of potential shirt numbers at his disposal.

Aside from the No.4 shirt, there are no numbers from 1-0 currently available but he could opt to take the vacant No.11 shirt last worn by Lucas Torreira. 

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The No.17, currently worn by Buendia, is last out of action after being taken by Cedric Soares last summer.

The next lowest available number is No.25, but No.24 could become available if Reiss Nelson does head to Norwich as part of the deal.

Buendia has shown a liking for the No.7 in his career, which could mean 27 or 37 appeal if he moves to the Emirates.

Other numbers up for grabs include 26, 29, 31, 39 and 40, whilst Joe Willock’s 28 could be opened up if he is involved in a swap.

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Transfer chief Edu has made it clear the Gunners will target a creative midfielder in the January transfer window.

“It’s quite clear what we need,” the Brazilian said at a fans’ forum last month. 

“We need a player with creativity in the middle, we don’t have that in the squad right now.”

The emergence of Emile Smith Rowe has lessened the urgency to act, although a move for reinforcements remains likely as Arsenal look to continue climbing the table.

Arteta has been impressed by the youngster, however, and views a bright future in his side. 

“He is a player that I really liked since the first day I watched him,” said Arteta.

“Just the way he moves, how intelligent he is with the positions he takes and his work rate – don’t underestimate that.

“He works really hard for the team and he had a really bad injury this year and hasn’t really trained with us at all.”

“For the last two weeks he has been much more involved and you can see what he can bring to the team.

“I am delighted to have a young player with his talent and in that position. It was something that we needed.”

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