Sports World News of Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Mesut Ozil has again hinted at his want for Arsenal's No.10 shirt following Jack Wilshere's loan move to Bournemouth.
The German playmaker has worn the No.11 since arriving from Real Madrid for a club-record fee in 2013, with Wilshere handed No.10 when Robin van Persie left for Manchester United 12 months earlier.
Ozil took up the No.10 shirt for Germany following Lukas Podolski's international retirement last year and now, with Wilshere spending the 2016-17 season at the Vitality Stadium, has reiterated his desire to swap shirts.
"Since Wilshere’s departure last summer, the number is free, but I have yet to get it," he told Kicker.
Ozil confirmed his interest in the currently vacant number last summer, telling Express after Wilshere's exit: "[The No.10] has become free and I definitely want it."
The World Cup winner also spoke about his need for clarification on Arsene Wenger's future before recommitting himself to Arsenal, with his current contract set to expire in under 18 months.
Wilshere's is due for renewal at the same time, though his future at Arsenal is also under question despite improving performances and fitness under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.