Excitement and anticipation is beginning to build ahead of the summer transfer window for Arsenal.
One name is who constantly being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium is Barcelona attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Brazil international’s agent Kia Joorabchian is in negotiations with the Gunners for what would be season-long loan deal due to the north London outfit’s financial situation which means big money transfers are off the table this summer.
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However, French outlet Foot Mercato state Barcelona are prepared to offer Coutinho in an exchange for Matteo Guendouzi in a deal the deal that could suit all four parties.
But what shirt number would the Coutinho be allocated at Arsenal if a swap deal was to go through?
Coutinho’s favoured option appears to be the no.10 as that is what he has worn for Bayern Munich this season as well as during his six and a half year spell in Merseyside with Liverpool.
Other shirt numbers the Brazilian has worn as a senior player include no.7, no.14, no.23 and no.29 which interestingly would be an option at Arsenal if Guendouzi seals a move to the Camp Nou.
So which of those other aforementioned squad numbers will be available to Coutinho if he does sign for the Gunners at some point in the summer?
Below we take a look to see what numbers are currently free in north London.
Handed the No.4 shirt ahead of the 2018/2019, Mohamed Elneny barely featured under Emery and was loaned out to Besiktas last summer.
The departure of captain Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux means that the number 6 shirt is now available to any potential new signings.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan took over this number from Alexis Sanchez two years ago, but hasn’t been at his best with the Gunners and is spending the season with Roma in Italy.
Set to remain at the Stadio Olimpico for at least another season, the no.7 is set to be up for grabs once again for the 2020/21 campaign.
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – AUGUST 07: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal during the Arsenal Media Day at London Colney on August 07, 2019 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Stephan Lichtsteiner left Arsenal when his contract expired at the end of last season and the shirt number he left behind remains vacant.
David Ospina left the club after making the permanent switch to loan club Napoli last summer.
One of two shirt numbers Nacho Monreal had at the Emirates, but he departed for Real Sociedad last summer with the Gunners well-stocked for options at left-back in Sead Kolasinac and Kieran Tierney.
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