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ESPN FC  By ESPN

Arsenal new-boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan to have two squad numbers this season

New Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be handed two squad numbers for the rest of the season because of UEFA rules concerning the Europa League.

Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners in a swap deal on Monday, with Alexis Sanchez going to Manchester United in return, and has been handed the No. 7 shirt in the Premier League.

However, the Armenian can't wear the No. 7 in Europe, as Sanchez had already used the number this season.

Arsenal said it will reveal the new number for Mkhitaryan in the Europa League "soon."

A statement on the Arsenal website read: "Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been assigned the No. 7 shirt in the Premier League -- but he will wear a different number in this season's Europa League campaign.

"The No. 7 shirt was vacated by Alexis this month but, because our former forward wore the number during our group-stage win against Cologne back in September, UEFA rules state that Mkhitaryan must wear a different number for the remainder of our Europa League campaign."

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