Alexandre Lacazette has wasted little time in staking his claim to take Mesut Ozil’s soon-to-be vacant No.10 shirt at Arsenal, promising the outgoing midfielder his jersey “will be in good care”.
Ozil is set to move to Fenerbahce, with the Turkish giants appearing to announce an unusual shirt number for their likely new signing.
While the move is yet to be completed, news of Ozil’s imminent departure has prompted a scramble between Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the coveted No.10 shirt he will vacate.
The German playmaker has occupied the number since 2018, when he switched from No.11 upon Jack Wilshere’s departure from the Emirates.
But it appears Aubameyang has backed down in the pursuit of the No.10 shirt, paving the way for Lacazette to claim his prize.
The French striker took to Instagram to post a picture of him and Aubameyang pointing at each other, writing: “When you both want the number 10.”
In response, Arsenal captain Aubameyang wrote: “They said they put it away. All yours my bro,” accompanying his note with a number of laughing emojis.
Lacazette then tagged Ozil to make him a promise, writing: “It will be in good care,” with smiling and heart emojis.
Aubameyang appears quite content wearing Arsenal’s iconic No.14 jersey, which was famously worn by club legend Thierry Henry.
But Lacazette is keen to switch from No.9 to No.10., having donned the latter for much of his Lyon career before moving to the Emirates in a £46.5million deal in 2017.
The 29-year-old has also worn No.10 while on international duty, and he has scored three goals in 16 appearances for France.
Arsenal’s No.10 shirt was donned by Highbury hero Dennis Bergkamp, while Robin van Persie, Paul Merson and Charlie Nicholas are among the others to have worn it.
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