Ozil beats Iwobi to vacant shirt at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil has been given the No 10 shirt at Arsenal vacated by Jack Wilshere, ending speculations Alex Iwobi will get it.

Ozil had previously worn the No 11 shirt at the Gunners while the Nigerian use 17.

But the German has been moved to No 10 after Wilshere’s departure was confirmed.

Arsenal had offered Wilshere a new contract to remain at the Emirates but no deal was signed.

It means the England midfielder – left out of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad this summer – is now a free agent.

Ozil saw his World Cup dreams ended last week as Germany crashed out of the tournament with a defeat to South Korea.

t means the playmaker will likely report back to the Emirates earlier than initially expected.

Ozil wore the No 10 shirt for Germany at the World Cup and signed a new contract with Arsenal earlier this year.

The former Real Madrid star is expected to play a crucial role in Unai Emery’s first season in charge as manager.

Fans wanting to buy the new Ozil 10 shirt will have to fork out £75 for the privilege.

As for Wilshere, he is said to be close to joining Fenerbahce after leaving boyhood club Arsenal.

West Ham and Crystal Palace have also been linked with the 26-year-old in recent weeks.

But he is open to playing abroad and Turkey is supposedly a viable destination.

There are even claims suggesting Ozil urged Wilshere to move to the Super Lig.