Arsenal update squad numbers; Bellerin gets Diaby's old shirt

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The Gunners have tweaked their squad numbers at the start of pre-season, with a further adjustment likely later in the summer.

Arsenal have updated the squad numbers on their website to reflect a number of adjustments made within their playing staff.

And one of the most intriguing areas of the team, the goalkeeping department, is something that hasn't yet been addressed, with Wojciech Szczesny still the first man in the squad, and David Ospina still number 13. Star signing Petr Cech is still yet to be assigned a number.

The Gunners may well end up having a larger revamp of the squad numbers closer to the start of the season, otherwise it doesn't look like Cech will be number one on his shirt next season, even if he is a certainty to be the main man between the sticks.

Arguably, the Czech international is set to become one of a handful of players that are always first on the team sheet for the big games, but he may well cede his usual squad number to Szczesny to placate the Pole somewhat.

Elsewhere in the squad there is little development, although Hector Bellerin was bumped way up the squad list from his number of 39 last season to the much more respectable 24 that has been vacated by Abou Diaby - between Calum Chambers at 21 and Carl Jenkinson at 25.

In reality, the young Spaniard is probably closer to claiming Mathieu Debuchy's number 2 shirt than any of them, though he will be hoping that shirt number isn't jinxed after all the problems Diaby had during his time at Arsenal, at both number 2 and number 24.

Youngsters Isaac Hayden moves up to 42 from 45 and Chuba Akpom goes to 32 from 38, while Lukas Podolski's number 9 shirt is vacant, leaving room for any superstar striker should Arsene Wenger finally get round to addressing that part of the team.

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