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.
So much class it’s unreal BUT if he goes missing his lazy German backside will be on the bench which hopefully will make him a better player for us. No passengers no more
— Tony Doyle (@Chefrockingham) July 3, 2018
Lets hope he really shows why he deserves it next season. More consistency needed.
— Mark (@Gooner_GAWA) July 3, 2018
We are worried too much about the cosmetics of the game. Hope that number 10 gets the mystery injuries out of him next season…
— Free Transfers FC. (@BeastDaBest) July 3, 2018
The Slow Ozil will wear number 10 Jersey at Arsenal I think they should have given it 2someone else** Ozil is not the same player anymore*
— BEAR CAT (@SolomziGwayi) July 3, 2018
Number 10 Ozil ?? we’re not ready https://t.co/z7aynGJi6V
— Tobias ♢ (@Thabi_TopDecks) July 3, 2018
I don’t think Ozil should be given the number 10 shirt… ??♂️
— LR⚡️DC (@magikmanvans420) July 4, 2018