Romelu Lukaku has stated he will wear the No 9 shirt at Chelsea and is ready for selection against Arsenal vs chelsea upcoming match this Saturday.
In his second spell at the London club, the Belgium international is eager to take on a leadership role, and claims to be fully healthy and eligible for selection against Arsenal on Sunday. Learn More about Premier League Arsenal vs Chelsea FC: prediction, kickoff time, team news, h2h results,
Lukaku has returned to Chelsea in a £98m transfer, after enabling Inter to win the Serie A title last season, and will assume the shirt vacated by Tammy Abraham, who has been acquired by Roma.
After been introduced into full training with Thomas Tuchel’s team at the start of the week, the 28-year-old might make his first appearance in the new shirt when Chelsea travel to Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal on Sunday.
“Can I say it? Yes, I have the No.9. I am happy and fortunate to be in this situation,” Lukaku told a press conference.
In his first game back at Chelsea, the Belgian added the challenge of facing Arsenal: “They are rebuilding and, at the end of the day, I just look at my team and focus on what we have.
“It’s going to be a tough game but we will prepare ourselves for a battle.”
Asked if he is ready to start against the Gunners, Lukaku responded: “I have been training. I did a full pre-season.
“Now I try to improve my team-mates and I am available if the coach wants me to play.”
Lukaku’s Premier League record
Lukaku scored 17 goals in 35 appearances on loan at West Bromwich Albion before joining Everton in 2014. Lukaku made only 10 Premier League appearances during his first tenure at Chelsea, failing to register a goal.
With 68 goals in 141 appearances for the Toffees, the former Inter striker piqued Manchester United’s interest, and he eventually went to Old Trafford in the summer of 2017 for £74 million.
Before being sold to Inter, Lukaku appeared in 66 Premier League games for Manchester United and scored 28 goals.