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Mesut Ozil makes ridiculous demand to stay at Arsenal… and it affects Jack Wilshere

German international is out of contract in the summer and looks set to leave for free unless he gets team-mate's number

Mesut Ozil wants Jack Wilshere’s No 10 shirt as part of his terms to stay at Arsenal, according to The Sun.

The German star is out of contract in the summer but could still agree a fresh deal with the club.

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Mesut Ozil could still sign new Arsenal contract… as long as he gets No 10 shirt

Jack Wilshere has only started Europa League and Carabao Cup games this season and could leave in the summer

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Jack Wilshere has only started Europa League and Carabao Cup games this season and could leave in the summer

Yet Ozil, who currently wears the No 11 jersey, is demanding the change to boost his money-making brand.

The midfielder also wants a hefty increase on his £150,000-a-week wages to stay in London, where he has bought a new home.

Ozil wants Wilshere’s shirt because it is linked to his brand — his Instagram handle is even m10_official.

The German World Cup winner was initially handed the No 23 shirt at ex-club Real Madrid before eventually taking over his favoured 10.

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Mesut Ozil wants Jack Wilshere’s No 10 shirt to stay at Arsenal

And he is now the German No 10 after Lukas Podolski retired.

Injury-jinxed Wilshere’s own contract with the Gunners runs out in the summer, which is why Ozil’s interest has increased.

Wilshere inherited the No 10 jersey from Robin van Persie when the Dutchman left for Manchester United in 2012.

It was not reassigned when the England midfielder moved to Bournemouth on loan last season.

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Ozil already wears the No 10 shirt for Germany

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to convince Ozil to stay

Wilshere has played for Gunners manager Arsene Wenger in the Carabao Cup and Europa League this campaign.

But, so far, he has made only two substitute appearances in the Premier League.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are hopeful of tying Ozil down to a new deal, although Alexis Sanchez seems certain to be on his way out.