Report: Major development in Ozil contract talks with Arsenal
By George Brooks
Mesut Ozil wants the No. 10 shirt as part of his deal to stay at Arsenal, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the 28-year-old wants the shirt as well as a hefty increase on his current £150,000-a-week deal to stay with the club.
It is understood that the World Cup winner wants the shirt as part of his plans to expand his worldwide brand, with his Instagram handle being m10_official.
Arsenal signed Ozil from Real Madrid on a five-year deal back in the summer of 2013 for a club record fee at the time of £42.4m.
He was initially given the No. 23 shirt at the Bernabeu before eventually taking the coveted number 10.
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He also wears the shirt for the German national team after his former Arsenal teammate Lukas Podolski retired from international football.
The star has seven months left on his current deal, which means he is free to speak to clubs in January.
The midfielder’s contract talks have been ongoing for months and he has been criticised by fans for his performances this season.
England midfielder Jack Wilshere currently wears the No. 10 shirt at the Emirates Stadium and it was not reassigned when the 25-year-old was loaned out to Bournemouth last season.
Dennis Bergkamp and Robin Van Persie have worn the shirt previously for the Gunners.