Arsenal ended the Mesut Ozil saga at the Emirates by terminating his contract earlier this month. The German had his ups and downs in North London, but as Mikel Arteta claimed, his legacy will not be tarnished by the way his time here ended.
Ozil is undoubtedly one of the best attacking midfielders of this generation. He was arguably the king of the number 10 role – both at Arsenal and at Real Madrid where he made a name for himself as one of the best in the world in that position.
His departure to Fenerbahce meant that his number 10 shirt was up for grabs. Many fans expected Arsenal new boy Martin Odegaard to take over from the mercurial German, but the Real Madrid man chose number 11 instead.
Many supporters were puzzled by this move. Odegaard is a number 10 himself and taking over that historic shirt made a lot of sense. However, it now looks like it was not upto him.
Spanish outlet Defensa Central reveal today that Emile Smith Rowe has already staked his claim for that number 10 shirt. It is claimed that Arsenal cannot change shirt numbers mid-season due to Premier League regulations.
As a result, the young Englishman will wait until the summer and take over the number 10 shirt worn by football greats like Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and our very own Dennis Bergkamp.
Odegaard wants to keep hold of number 11 next season
The report also claims that Odegaard isn’t against extending his stay at the Emirates. It’s believed that the Norwegian has no future at the Spanish capital as long as Zinedine Zidane is in charge.
If Odegaard impresses Arteta enough in the next few months, Arsenal will try to sign him on a permanent deal. If that is to happen, Odegaard would reportedly like to retain the number 11 shirt he has picked now.
Lucas Torreira was the owner of the number 11 shirt but the Uruguayan has no future at the club. Arsenal will likely sell him the summer once his loan spell at Atletico Madrid ends, and Odegaard – if he returns – can keep hold of the shirt he will wear for the next few months.