Arsenal summer signing Petr Cech shocked quite a few people on Saturday by choosing 33 as his new squad number.
The former Chelsea goalkeeper claimed that his age – 33 – and number of Premier League appearances – 333 – led him to the strange decision.
However, it has since been suggested on Twitter that Cech may have gone for 33 as a mark of respect for Nicklas Bendtner, who was Arsenal’s ‘number 33’ during his first season with the Gunners – the 2005-06 campaign.
Check out the best of the Twitter reaction to Cech new number below.
Arsenal’s other past 33s include Benik Afobe, Nacer Barazite, Matthew Connolly, Adam Birchall, Graham Stack, Alex Bailey, Jermaine Brown, Tommy Black, Greg Lincoln, Michael Black and Gavin McGowan.
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Cech takes 33 as his Arsenal squad number, presumably to honour club legend Bendtner, who wore it in 2005-06… http://t.co/G7LMUVFMsD #AFC
— Robert Summerscales (@robsummerscales) July 11, 2015
Petr Cech has chosen the No. 33 shirt to represent the number of Chelsea fans there were before Abramovich #AFC #CFC pic.twitter.com/WFdZcsyyW4
— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) July 11, 2015
Cech #33 sigh
— sohail (@sohailkonk) July 11, 2015
Why isn’t Cech number 1? Better be played as our main keeper
— Jimi (@Jimi_dores) July 11, 2015
Pngguna 33 di Arsenal M Black Lincoln T Black Brown Bailey Stack Birchall Bendtner Connolly Barazite Afobe Petr Cech pic.twitter.com/NzJo1v7vhf
— AIS PRINGSEWU (@AIS_PSW) July 11, 2015
Huh Cech got number 33
— Saida Toure (@saida_AFC) July 11, 2015
Petr Cech is <3 isn’t he? thoughtful and intelligent! #33
— Deepak (@Deepakr05) July 11, 2015
All the good squad numbers were taken so Cech’s is his age ffs
— Arsène FC (@VieiraPaddy) July 11, 2015