Following the departure of Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil is set to make a beeline for Arsenal’s iconic No.10 shirt, having previously revealed he had longed to wear the number when it was in the Englishman’s possession, the Daily Mail reports.
As Wilshere brings an end to his ten-year-long spell at the Emirates following talks with new manager Unai Emery, his exit will see Ozil make his desire for the famous jersey heard ahead of the new season. Alongside the obvious tradition attached to the number ten, Ozil has also revealed his desire for the shirt is further driven by advertising purposes.
The German international already has a lucrative deal with sportswear heavyweights, Adidas, however, the major company believe the No.10 shirt is the most marketable number a player can wear. The Ozil brand’s synergy could be further boosted were the jersey in the German’s possession as he already wears the No.10 for his country.
Having joined the Gunners from Spanish giants, Real Madrid in 2013, Ozil has always worn the No.11 shirt but having signed a new long-term contract in February, the German will be hoping to make a huge impact under Emery and has eyed up the No.10 shirt as his to push forthwith.
The No.10 shirt has been famously worn, most notably by Dutch forward, Dennis Bergkamp as well as Robin Van Persie, William Gallas, and Paul Merson.
Ozil’s shirt number switch could become part of a host of squad number changes at Arsenal this summer, with goalkeeper Petr Cech taking the No.1 shirt and defender, Hector Bellerin adopting the No.2 jersey. Elsewhere, Mohamed Elneny is now No.4 while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Granit Xhaka will wear numbers 15 and 34 respectively.
New signing, Stephan Lichtsteiner has been allocated the No.12 shirt, although goalkeeper, Bernd Leno is yet to be assigned a squad number having arrived from Bundesliga side, Bayer Leverkusen.
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