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Why Mesut Ozil could benefit from Jack Wilsheres Arsenal departure

Why Mesut Ozil could benefit from Jack Wilshere's Arsenal departure
Mesut Ozil will be relishing the chance of taking Jack Wilsheres shirt number (Picture: Getty)

While the majority of Arsenal fans were struggling to come to terms with the news that one of their own was fleeing the nest, Mesut Ozil was probably licking his lips.

Jack Wilshere announced on Instagram on Tuesday night that he was set to leave the Gunners at the start of July after spending 16 years at the club.

The 26-year-old had agreed to take a pay cut to stay at the Emirates but after discussions with Unai Emery the England international decided it was best to pursue a new challenge.

Wilsheres departure is the end of an era for some Gooners who were desperate for the academy graduate to fulfill his potential in north London.

Why Mesut Ozil could benefit from Jack Wilshere's Arsenal departure
Ozil is desperate to get the no.10 shirt (Picture: Getty)
Why Mesut Ozil could benefit from Jack Wilshere's Arsenal departure
Wilshere took the no.10 shirt from Robin van Persie in 2012 (Picture: Getty)

However, his departure will be seen as an opportunity for Ozil – who can finally get his hands on the coveted no.10 shirt

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The German has made no secret of his desire to wear the shirt number at Arsenal and hes made every effort throughout his career to take the shirt at both club and country level.

At Real Madrid, Ozil was given the no.23 shirt when he joined from Werder Bremen but he inherited the iconic no.10 jersey when Lassana Diarra – of all people – departed the Bernabeu in 2012.

Why Mesut Ozil could benefit from Jack Wilshere's Arsenal departure
Ozil wore the no.23 shirt at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)
Why Mesut Ozil could benefit from Jack Wilshere's Arsenal departure
He took the no.10 shirt in 2012 (Picture: Getty)

Ozil was then given the no.10 shirt for Germany when Lukas Podolski retired from international duty and he has since branded his social media channels around the number.

Speaking when he was handed the no.10 shirt for Germany, Ozil said: For me, the number means a lot. Its my favorite number. Football legends such as Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona or Pele wore that number on the back. Im really happy about it.

Of course I have previously given those in charge a signal. The number is right for me and my position as a playmaker.

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There was speculation before Ozil penned a new long-term deal at Arsenal that he would demand the shirt in negotiations.

The German was then asked about taking the shirt before Wilsheres return from a loan spell from Bournemouth and he hinted it could be changed.

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I am number 11 until today. So I wear number 11 today, said Ozil.

The club will decide my number this year.

The Germany international has since signed a lucrative deal with the Gooners and it looks likely that hell get his wish once Wilshere departs.

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