ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE has been handed the Arsenal number 9 shirt after becoming the club’s record signing.
But Football Whispers have looked through the Premier League era at Arsenal and found that being handed the infamous No9 jersey in North London isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Since the league introduced squad numbers in 1993, Lucas Perez became the 11th player to be assigned the Arsenal No9.
Despite an average season his average of 0.36 goals per game actually ranks him as one of the better strikers to hold the jersey.
Lukas Podolski, with 31 goals in 82 games has the best record for the club.
He remains a cult hero and was a fan-favourite before his loan spell to Inter Milan then saw him leave for Galatasaray.
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Although Paul Merson only scored 39 goals in 201 games before moving to Middlesbrough in 1996, as he was a midfielder wrongly assigned a strikers number, it’s fair to leave him out of this conversation.
Here are the five worst No9s to play for Arsenal…
5. Julio Baptista: 10 goals in 35 games
MOVING to Arsenal in 2006, Julio Baptista, seemingly against his will, joined on a season-long loan deal that saw Juan Antonio Reyes swap with the Brazilian and join Real Madrid.
The burly, powerful forward failed to find his feet in England, managing just three goals in 24 Premier League appearances.
The League Cup was more his level, scoring six times in just three games, helping to inflate his goal record.
He would return to Real, but neither for Los Blancos, Roma or Malaga did he ever score double figures in the league.
4. Davor Suker: 10 goals in 35 games
ARRIVING at 31-years-old, the Croatian legend was already winding down his career when he turned up to replace Nicolas Anelka at Arsenal.
He only managed 22 league games.
In 2000 he came off the bench during extra-time of the Uefa Cup final against Galatasaray, but missed his spot-kick as the Gunners lost on penalties to the Turkish side.
He would move to West Ham United after just a season at Highbury.
3. Jose Antonio Reyes: 23 goals in 109 games
PERHAPS a little harsh on the Spanish forward.
Played more as a winger, he joined in 2003 to play with Thierry Henry and give some respite for Dennis Bergkamp.
He will always be remembered as part of the amazing Invincible team of 2003-04, but he only started seven league games and scored twice.
Nine league goals in 30 games followed and then five strikes during the 2005/06 campaign, before he was loaned to Real Madrid.
2. Francis Jeffers: 7 goals in 37 games
AFTER catching the eye of Wenger as a “fox in the box” for Everton, Jeffers moved to London for £8million in 2001.
But injuries and the form of Henry and Sylvain Wiltord limited his chances with the Gunners.
After two seasons, 22 appearances and four league goals, he was loaned back to Everton before joining Charlton Athletic permanently in 2004.
1. Park Chu-Young: 1 goal in 7 games
ONE of the most bizarre transfers in Arsenal history.
Park Chu-Young had just finished the 2010-11 season with Monaco and was their top goal-scorer with 12 goals.
But as they were relegated, the South Korean international was allowed to leave.
Arriving in Lille for a medical with the French club, he learned of Arsenal’s interest while waiting in his hotel room.
The forward jumped on the Eurostar without telling the Ligue 1 champions and signed for the Gunners.
He would score his first and only goal for the Emirates side in the League Cup and only made one Premier League appearance.
Loan spells at Celta Vigo and Watford followed, but it wasn’t until he returned home with FC Seoul that he rediscovered his shooting boots.
How he must regret answering the phone to the Arsenal boss in 2011.