Mesut Ozil has been given the No 10 shirt at Arsenal for the up and coming season after the departure of Jack Wilshere.
The German midfielder has worn No 11 since joining the club in 2013 however will now switch. The declaration was made on the club’s Twitter account on Tuesday by revealing that the club had decided to offer the player the no.10 shirt.
The jersey was beforehand possessed by Wilshere, who has now left the Emirates Stadium after the termination of his contract.
The 29-year-old conceded his joy at having a similar number once worn by one of his youth icons.
He said: “It has never been a secret how special this number is to me. My childhood idol Zinedine Zidane wore this number and it is still the most characteristic one for the playmaker position.” he told Arsenal’s official website.
“I’m looking forward to putting it on for the first time at Arsenal after the summer break.”
The club have just pledged to replace shirts as of now acquired by supporters for the coming season with ‘Ozil 11’ imprinted on the back.
A large group of legends have worn the No 10 shirt in the club’s history, including Dutch pair Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp.
Ozil is now making the most of his summer holiday after Germany were dumped out of the World Cup in the group stages by South Korea.