July 3, 2018 / 12:35 PM / 2 months ago

Free shirt replacements for Arsenal fans as Ozil moves to number 10

(Reuters) - Arsenal fans who purchased 2018-19 replica jerseys with Mesut Ozil’s name and squad number will be given free replacements after the midfielder switched to the number 10 shirt made available by the departure of Jack Wilshere.

Soccer Football - Europa League Quarter Final First Leg - Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow - Emirates Stadium, London, Britain - April 5, 2018 Arsenal's Mesut Ozil reacts after missing a chance to score REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Ozil has worn number 11 since joining the London club in 2013 but wasted little time in pouncing on what he described as a “special number” after midfielder Wilshere’s contract was not renewed after the end of last season.

"My childhood idol Zinedine Zidane wore this number and it's still the most characteristic one for the playmaker position," Ozil told the club's website here. "I'm looking forward to putting it on for the first time at Arsenal after the summer break."

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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