Gabriel Jesus when introduced as a new Arsenal player Alexandre Lacazette

10 Arsenal Players Who Wear The Number 9 Before…

10 Arsenal Players Who Wear The Number 9 Before Gabriel Jesus, Has Anyone Succeeded?

Gabriel Jesus when introduced as a new Arsenal player
Gabriel Jesus when introduced as a new Arsenal player

In order to increase their attack power, Arsenal finally recruited Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian striker was bought from Manchester City.

Arsenal brought Jesus to the Emirates Stadium for a fee of 45 million pounds. He has a long-term contract until 2027.

Jesus previously played for Man City for five years. During that time, he scored 95 goals and 46 assists in 233 appearances in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Jesus will wear the number 9 shirt at Arsenal. He also always wears that number at Manchester City and the Brazilian national team.

Before Jesus, there were also several Arsenal strikers who used this number. Who are those players? Here’s the review!

Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette
Celebrity Alexandre Lacazette scoring against Southampton, Saturday

Alexandre Lacazette was the number 9 wearer at Arsenal before Gabriel Jesus. He wore the number after being brought in by the Gunners from French club Olympique Lyon in the 2017/2018 season.

The French striker was signed by Arsenal for a fairly expensive fee at that time, which was 53 million euros. Even so, Lacazette’s appearance at the Emirates Stadium was not very consistent.

Lacazette created 71 goals and 36 assists in 206 games. He left Arsenal this summer after his contract expired by returning to Lyon.

Lucas Perez

Lucas Perez

Lucas Perez was brought to Arsenal from Deportivo de La Coruna in the summer of 2016. Perez was signed for a fee of 20 million euros at that time.

Perez has only played for Arsenal for one year. He was only able to create seven goals and five assists in 21 matches in various competitions.

The Spanish player was loaned to Deportivo de La Coruna in the 2017/2018 season. He was eventually released to West Ham United the following summer.

Lukas Podolski 

Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski has scored 31 goals in 82 games for Arsenal. He also transformed into a fan favorite player while at the Emirates Stadium.

Despite having a lethal left foot, the German was unable to get regular playing time under Arsene Wenger. He usually plays wide rather than up front.

After being loaned to Inter Milan, Podolski was finally released by Arsenal to Galatasaray in the summer of 2015. He left the Gunners with a collection of one FA Cup trophy.

Park Chu Young

Park Chu Young was bought by Arsenal from AS Monaco in the summer of 2011. He also became the only South Korean player to have played for the Gunners.

Despite being trusted to wear the number 9 jersey, Park did not play much for Arsenal. He recorded only seven appearances with the Gunners.

Park had had loan spells at Celta Vigo and Watford. He was then released permanently in the summer of 2014.

Eduardo da Silva

Arsenal brought in Eduardo da Silva in the summer of 2007. At that time, the striker was bought from Dinamo Zagreb for a fee of 13.5 million euros.

Eduardo had become a mainstay on Arsenal’s front lines. Unfortunately, a broken leg against Birmingham in 2008 ruined his career at the Emirates Stadium.

Eduardo was then released to Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2010. Three years with the Gunners, the Croatian striker created 21 goals and 17 assists from 68 games.

Julio Baptista

Julio Baptista came to Arsenal in 2006 on loan from Real Madrid. The Gunners at that time exchanged Baptista with Jose Antonio Reyes.

Sharp while still strengthening Madrid, Baptista even performed very poorly after moving to England. The Brazilian player has only scored three goals in 24 Premier League matches.

In the end, Baptista only lasted one season at Arsenal. He was sent back to Real Madrid after his loan period ended because he was deemed to have failed to shine.

Jose Antonio Reyes

Jose Antonio Reyes
Former Arsenal player, Jose Antonio Reyes, dies in car accident

Jose Antonio Reyes was brought in by Arsenal in the 2003/04 winter transfer market. Reyes was brought from Sevilla for a fee of 20 million euros.

Reyes then became a mainstay of the Gunners under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger. He appeared 110 times in all competitions scoring 23 goals and 25 assists.

Reyes was loaned to Real Madrid in his final season at Arsenal. The Spaniard was then released to Atletico Madrid in 2007.

Francis Jeffers

Arsenal spent 8 million pounds to buy Jeffers from Everton. He may be considered as one of Arsene Wenger’s failed purchases during his time at Arsenal.

Jeffers struggled to compete with Thierry Henry and Sylvain Wiltord. The injury factor also made the English striker failed to build his reputation at Arsenal.

Jeffers was only able to score eight goals during his two seasons at Arsenal. The player who had defended Blackburn Rovers finally left the Gunners in 2004.

Davor Suker

Davor Suker joined Arsenal in 1999 from Real Madrid. Unfortunately, his scoring ability declined after defending the Gunners.

Suker was only able to record 11 goals from 39 matches in all competitions. He helped the Gunners reach the UEFA Cup final

Noted, Suker only played for one season at Arsenal before finally choosing to join West Ham on a free transfer.

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Nicolas Anelka

Nicolas Anelka is a French-born striker. He was brought by Arsenal from PSG in the 1996/1997 season when he was 17 years old.

Anelka has a good reputation at Arsenal. He was able to score 28 goals in 98 games and helped the Gunners win the Premier League title.

Anelka’s slick appearance with Arsenal caught the attention of Real Madrid. He finally moved to the Santiago Bernabeu after four seasons with the Gunners.

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5 Free Strikers Available in Summer 2022

5 Free Strikers Available in Summer 2022
Juventus striker Paulo Dybala celebrates after scoring against Genoa in the Serie A match on Saturday

The 2022 summer transfer market has not officially opened. However, a number of well-established European clubs have begun to take steps to strengthen their squad.

In the summer, a number of clubs look to want to strengthen their front line. They need a new striker so that his team can score a lot of goals.

In the transfer market, the price of quality bombers is currently getting crazy. However, recruiting attackers for free can also be a solution.

There are a number of strikers whose contracts expire this summer. They could be a great signing for any club.

Here are five free strikers that can be recruited by a number of big European clubs.

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez
Atlético Madrid striker Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez’s contract at Atletico Madrid expires in June. However, Suarez has decided not to extend his contract at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Suarez leaves Atletico after two impressive years in the Spanish capital. That includes winning La Liga last season after leaving Barcelona.

During his uniform with Los Rojiblancos, Suarez managed to score 34 goals in 83 appearances in all competitions. The 35-year-old striker still wants to play at least one more season in Europe.

Andrea Belotti

Andrea Belotti
Torino forward Andrea Belotti

Andrea Belotti is currently the captain of Torino. The 27-year-old player has defended Il Toro since 2015 after being imported from Palermo.

Belotti has scored 113 goals and 28 assists in 251 appearances for Torino. The former Palermo player also has 42 caps with the Italian national team.

Belotti has so far not signed a new contract with Torino. If nothing changes, he will be a free transfer next month.

Alexandre Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette
Celebrity Alexandre Lacazette scoring against Southampton, Saturday

Alexandre Lacazette joined Arsenal in the summer of 2017. The Gunners signed the player for a club record transfer fee of £52 million.

The Frenchman’s career at Arsenal has not been quite consistent. He only managed to score 71 goals and 36 assists in 275 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners.

Lacazette looks set to leave the north London club in the near future. Lacazette is widely rumored to be returning to France.

Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani
Manchester United forward 2021/2022 season, Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani appeared captivating in his first season with Manchester United. The Urugay striker managed to score a total of 17 goals for the Red Devils.

This season, due to injuries and the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Cavani did not get enough playing opportunities. He only appeared 20 times scoring two goals.

Cavani will leave Manchester United after his contract expires at the end of this season. The 35-year-old has been linked with a free transfer to La Liga.

Paulo Dybala

Paulo Dybala
Dusan Vlahovic celebrates his goal with Paulo Dybala in the Juventus vs Lazio match at Allianz Stadium, Tuesday

Paulo Dybala has been at Juventus for seven seasons. The Argentine striker was brought to Turin in the summer of 2015 ago from Palermo.

While playing with Juventus, he has presented five Serie A titles. Dybala also managed to score 115 goals and 48 assists from 293 appearances in all competitions.

Dybala has decided not to renew his contract with Juventus. He will leave the Allianz Stadium and is ready to start a new chapter at another club next season.