The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reading too far into Mesut Ozil’s goodbye message to Jack Wilshere. The pair have been teammates since Oil swapped The Bernabeu fro The Emirates back in 2013 and in those five years, Wilshere has worn the elusive number ten shirt that Ozil has donned for both Los Blancos and Die Mannschaft.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) 21 June 2018
This season though, Ozil can finally get what he wants as the German lockpicking midfielder can take on the vacant number ten shirt as Jack Wilshere leaves the club on the expiry of his contract. The departure of Wilshere has hit some fans quite hard as the passionate central midfielder has always made his love for the club clear, with his departure this summer ending a 17-year stay at the club after he joined the club’s academy system as a nine-year-old.
The pathway is clear now for Ozil. The 29-year-old German World Cup winner will finally be able to take to the pitch in his favoured number ten shirt and he can continue to dazzle the fans in North London. The club will be pleased to see their German maestro in his favoured shirt, although it will bring back memories of Wilshere, who wore the shirt for six seasons after jumping on it following Robin Van Persie’s departure.
You can read our resident Gunners’ verdict on Ozil and the 10 shirt here:
THE NO.10 SHIRT IS YOURS NOW BROOOOOOO
— Ra’id (@MesutsTouch) 21 June 2018
He will be missed. But hey, on the bright side… pic.twitter.com/MpSMv5pqfL
— (@TheFalseNein) 21 June 2018
It’s happening. pic.twitter.com/xrCTsUjic1
— Arsenal (@afcnation) 21 June 2018
Now give me the number 10 shirt
— Kolasnator (@Kolasnator) June 21, 2018
M1Ö is back?
— Mesut FC (@ozilmania_) 21 June 2018
Will be sad but I can wipe my tears on this pic.twitter.com/I0SOOBLMaE
— France fan (@6Gooner) June 21, 2018
My new NO10
— Abimbola (@Bimzee_) 21 June 2018
You’re the true gunner now bro, take the #10 and never leave
— #OneArsèneWenger (@DSwan_) June 21, 2018
The fans will be keen to get over the loss of Wilshere by celebrating their German star’s new number shirt, and they all seem happy for Ozil to be picking it up.