Barcelona midfielder Rafinha on Arsenal radar to replace Ozil

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha on Arsenal radar to replace Ozil”

But according to The Sun, Ozil will only sign a new deal if Jack Wilshere gives up the number 10 shirt.

The Germany worldwide has always been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium with negotiations hitting several stumbling blocks.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who now wears the No.11 shirt, apparently hopes to boost his earning capacity by clinching the jersey, which is apparently linked to his "brand".

It's claimed by Mundo Deportivo that Arsenal want to sign Rafinha, as Arsene Wenger begins to put together a contingency plan in the event that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil leave at the end of the season.

The midfielder has been at the club since the age of 9 and has outperformed Ozil this season.

Wilshere has held the number 10 since Robin Van Persie's departure in 2012.

If Ozil were to ditch Arsenal for Man United then he would have to fight current incumbent Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the desired digits, but which player is the best to have worn the Red Devils' No.10 in the Premier League era? Ozil donned the 10 jersey at Real Madrid and still wears the number for Germany - as well as including it in his Instagram handle "m10_official".

But whether that affects Ozil's apparent shirt number demand is another story, as it could be that Wilshere is actually willing to change jerseys if both are to stay.

Are Arsenal even in talks with Mesut Ozil?

Arsenal's next game after the worldwide break is the north London derby against Tottenham.

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