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Why Henrikh Mkhitaryan Needs Two Squad Numbers At Arsenal

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New Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been at the centre of a transfer saga this month, but the Armenian is not yet able to enjoy a quiet start to life at the Emirates Stadium.

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Mkhitaryan arrived this week in a straight-swap with Alexis Sanchez, who joined Manchester United after refusing to find a solution to his contract situation in North London.

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The deal appeared to suit all parties, with the Gunners new boy set to inherit Sanchez’s number seven shirt, but he is only able to do that domestically.

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Because the Chilean wore that number in a clash with Cologne in the Europa League group stage earlier this season, UEFA rules state he must wear another in the competition.

A statement on Arsenal’s website said: ‘The No.7 shirt was vacated by Alexis this month but, because our former forward wore the number during our group-stage win against Cologne back in September, UEFA rules state that Mkhitaryan must wear a different number for the remainder of our Europa League campaign.’

‘This number will be confirmed soon.’

Arsenal face Ostersunds in the next round of the Europa League next month.

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