Arsenal fans not convinced by Ozil being handed number 10 shirt

Mesut Ozil will head into the new season as the club’s number 10 after taking Jack Wilshere’s shirt.

The playmaker has been given the iconic squad number following Wilshere’s decision to walk away from the North London outfit after a 17-year spell.

Ozil has had the number 11 jersey since his switch to the Emirates from Real Madrid in 2013, but now he has upgraded.

It is unclear if manager Unai Emery will now play the midfielder as a number 10, but the shirt switch is some good news for Ozil following a disappointing World Cup campaign.

The 29-year-old put in some lacklustre performances in Russia as Germany, who won the tournament in 2014, limped out at the group stage.

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Last season, the former Madrid man came under criticism from some Arsenal fans for his apparent lack of commitment on the pitch.

Ozil has often been criticised for going missing in big matches, and that critique could apply to his World Cup efforts.

After being given the number 10 shirt, a small number of fans questioned whether he deserved it, and others piled on the pressure.