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VIDEO: Forgotten Arsenal man sends brilliant Instagram message as Gabriel Martinelli handed No 11 shirt

Lucas Torreira has sent Gabriel Martinelli a brilliant message after the Brazilian starlet took his Arsenal shirt number

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has sent a brilliant message to Gabriel Martinelli on Instagram after the Brazilian starlet was handed the number 11 shirt.

The Gunners officially unveiled their new home kit, confirming that the 20-year-old will no longer be donning the number 35 jersey next term in the process. He will be taking the no.11 strip from Uruguyan midfielder Torreira, who has spent the last two seasons on loan, with a permanent departure expected at the end of the current campaign.

And the Fiorentina loanee found the funny side, taking to social media to make a joke at the whole situation. Writing on Instagram, he said: “What number will I wear next year? good luck amigo @gabriel.martinelli. I love you.”

The north Londoners also announced that £5 from every new home shirt bought directly through the club ahead of the new season will go to The Arsenal Foundation to support local community initiatives.

“We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve been doing to bring our community together and support the lives of people in our local area for more than 35 years,” said Freddie Hudson, Head of Arsenal in the Community. “People are the heartbeat of our community and the £5 donation from our home shirt sales will provide vital support for the local projects that serve our diverse community in north London so well.

“The last couple of years have been especially tough and the impact continues to be felt, but it’s amazing what we can achieve when we all come together to support each other. We continue to draw inspiration from those who make the Arsenal family so special, and we’re thrilled to be able to give a little back in this unique way.”

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