Arsenal to Retire The Number 25
As a sign of respect to the previous wearers of the number 25 and to ensure that any future owners of the shirt are not inflicted with the same syndrome, Arsenal FC should consider retiring the number 25 shirt.
The two previous owners of the number 25 both went through the same career path at Arsenal.
Kanu joined us and was a joy to watch, the skills this man possessed were amazing. In his second season at Arsenal he scored 17 goals in 48 games. Kanu was duly rewarded with a new contract. Once he had his new contract, Kanu’s career at Arsenal went downhill. He started to look more lackadaisical than he normally did. His appearances were soon restricted to a substitute appearance and eventually he left with no tears shed by the Arsenal fans.
Roll on a couple of years and another highly skilled player joins Arsenal and wears the number 25 shirt. Adebayor looked like a poor version of Kanu to start with, but soon he showed that he too possessed good ball control, and he started to add goals to his repertoire. Adebayor was rewarded with a new contract, but as with Kanu his form nosedived after that.
These were too very skilful players who played and fought hard to earn a new contract. Once their pay went up their form took a dip. To prevent others going down the same route, Arsenal should retire the number 25.