By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mesut Ozil is keen to wear the Arsenal number 10 shirt but will not be handed it this season, according to a report.
Gunners blogger AFCamden has claimed on his website that the German playmaker is keen to take on the jersey vacated by Jack Wilshere following his deadline day loan move to Bournemouth.
But it is said that Arsenal have not made a decision over the prestigious No10 shirt and that Ozil will remain as the number 11 this season.
This comes after extensive talks between Ozil and the club over whether he will put pen to paper on a long-term contract with the club.
It is said that Ozil indicated to Arsenal before the summer that he would sign new terms as long as he got the deal he wanted and the club delivered on player recruitment promises.
AFCamden, who has broken a number of Arsenal transfer, contract and injury stories, reports that the 27-year-old has finally come to an agreement with the club that he joined in 2013 from Real Madrid for a club record fee of £40million.
The Mirror claimed earlier this week that the Premier League giants were working on a deal that would elevate Ozil’s salary from £140,000-a-week contract to £200,000-a-week.
Ozil had his best season for Arsenal in 2015-16, recording 19 league assists, which was just one short of Thierry Henry’s record, and helped Arsenal to a second-placed finish.
In total, the Germany international has scored 22 goals and supplied 43 assists in just 124 games for Arsenal.