German international Mesut Ozil who has refused to extend his contract at the Emirates and has reportedly asked for the number 10 Jersey as part of his demands to extend his contract at the Emirates beyond next summer has been deemed not good enough to wear the number 10 shirt, according to former England international midfielder Ray Wilkins.
The contract rebel who now wears the number 10 shirt for the Germans after Lukas Podolski retired from international duties and now uses m10_official as his official Instagram handle believes if given the number 10 shirt currently worn by Jack Wilshere could convince him to stay beyond next season and will be a major boost to his brand.
The former Real Madrid midfielder can start talking to potential suitors as early as January when the transfer window re-opens if his contracts demands are not met and could leave on a free next summer, but former English midfielder Ray Wilkins doesn’t believe the playmaker deserves the number 10 jersey ahead of English international Jack Wilshere who is starting to get back to his best after his season long-loan spell at Bournemouth and has looked brilliant for the Gunners especially in the Europa League and Carabao Cup since returning from injury that kept him out in the early part of the season.
Ray Wilkins as quoted on Mesut Ozil, he said;
“He is not a great player so why should he wear 10?”, He also added, “Why should he nick that off Jack? I think the word ‘great’ is used far too often.
“I don’t think he has ever been a great player.
“You see him in the Premier League week in week out, he’s a good player, he’s a very good player.
“He’s been a fantastic player. I don’t think he is a great player.”
The 29-year-old has divided opinions amongst fans since his record breaking £42.5 million move to the Emirates due to his level of inconsistencies and has been found wanting majorly in big games, making it difficult for fans betting online to predict the outcome of the Arsenal games. However, the German international has had a stop-start season to new campaign scoring just one goal in 7 appearances in all competitions so far this term. He has enjoyed some level of success since he moved to the Emirates in 2013 winning FA Cup thrice.