Some Arsenal fans on social media are far from happy after it was announced that Bukayo Saka has been given the number 25 shirt for England at the upcoming European Championships.
Saka was selected for the final squad, and Gunners fans will be hoping to see him shine, but the fact that he has been given the number 25 shirt hasn’t filled supporters with confidence.
Usually, a high squad number indicates a lack of involvement, but of course, that’s not always the case.
We’ve seen plenty of footballers play key roles at international tournaments with high squad numbers, but it has to be said that these instances are exceptions rather than the rule.
Usually numbers one through eleven are key players, while the further away you get from the first 11 indicates being further down the pecking order, and with Saka being given the number 25, you’d have to imagine that he won’t be a starter at the tournament.
As you can imagine, Arsenal fans weren’t best pleased about this as they believe their star man should be one of the first names on the teamsheet for the Three Lions.
Of course, a lot of this speculation has come from reading between the lines and a theory that may not even ring true on this occasion, but the squad numbers announcement has certainly had Arsenal fans up in arms.
Here’s what Gunners supporters have been saying on social media…
Yeah, that’s him on the bench for the whole tournament, maybe grabbing 5 minutes near the end. Meanwhile, Sterling plays a full game and struggles to do anything, just like the last 2 tournaments…
— Adam Salter (@AdamSalter4) June 1, 2021
Euros ruined, honestly. Gonna be a major drawback from us winning it all.
Guess we’ll just have to win the World Cup too with #7 on his back.
— Callum (@callumjp92) June 1, 2021
Saka 25 🤢 https://t.co/6tCXHsd9L1
— george (@minm1nszn) June 1, 2021
Bukayo Saka #25 is a travesty
— patrick (@zPxtrick) June 1, 2021
Saka 25 is a violation to football https://t.co/28bPO43W9s
— Jared (@Jammy1314) June 1, 2021
Saka #25 una. Give us that seven shirt clowns.
— Nelli 🍇 🏴☠🇵🇸 (@_AFCKG_) June 1, 2021