Will Mesut Ozil play better now he has the Arsenal Number 10 shirt?

Mesut Ozil may have earned a massive contract extension from Arsenal in January which saw him far and away our highest paid player, but ever since then he has (apparently) been plagued by undiagnosed injuries and has been criticised roundly by fans and pundits alike.

It was even worse for him when he rejoined Germany to defend their World Champions title and was dropped by Joachim Low for their second game after being blamed for the defeat to Mexico. And it was even worse when he returned for the defeat by South Korea which saw them eliminated at the bottom of the Group.

Ozil took the brunt again and was then racially slurred by German fans after the loss, despite many loyal years as their preferred Number 10. He has had that shirt for many many years, but has never worn it at Arsenal, but with Jack Wilshere’s departure he has finally been given his preferred jersey. Mesut said: “It has never been a secret how special this number is to me. My childhood idol Zinedine Zidane wore this number and it is still the most characteristic one for the playmaker position. I’m looking forward to putting it on for the first time at Arsenal after the summer break!”

But will it really make much difference? Him wearing Number 10 for Germany didn’t do them much good in Russia!

Darren N


  1. Mubby says:

    Could be 50 or 100, it changes nothing if he doesn’t buckle up, hit the ground running and find a way to stake a position in the new coach’s team.

    He really needs to work harder on his assists and goals this season because there’ll be no hiding place for a coach who analyses every game with videos and stats

    1. Mubby says:

      *with a coach

    2. Naija Jollof says:

      It changes everything. I’m not going to judge Ozil performances under AW because the coach made them all look bad. We’re going to see a different player come August. Believe!

    3. Malcolm Townsend says:

      Emery said I have never seen OZIL with a sweat on yet. I think he will now

  2. Goonstar says:

    No wonder we have been joke club for the past decade. We used to have player that fought for titles and winning was the most important thing.
    Nowadays we have our so called best players more concerned about what shirt number to wear.
    How does a different shirt number make one play much better.

    1. gotanidea says:


      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Arsenal recently had too many little precious players more interested in selfies and hair styles rather than getting down and dirty to grind out wins. This attitude won’t be tolerated by Emery who wants a team of hard nosed professionals. Time will tell who survives and how the results go. The concern is, given the situation Arsenal are in, that Kroenke and the board are not supporting the new manager with sufficient funds.

        1. Ken1945 says:

          Ozziegunner, that’s the exact point I was making in a post where you accused me of not supporting the new regime.
          Jon Fox also said the same thing.
          I fail to understand why we cannot have an unlimited transfer kitty, when we sold players for the same amount as those we bought during the 17/18 season.
          It does seem that Emery will be working under the same financial restraints as Wenger, but at least he is addressing the defensive problem, something that I couldn’t defend Wenger on.
          The three musketeers are really looking good, not only new signings but also getting long term contracts sorted out.
          My only disagreement with your post is the criticism of selfies and hairstyles.
          As long as they perform on the pitch I couldn’t care less.
          Ozils got the no. 10 shirt, not a problem as it proves to me that he sees his future at our club!!!!

  3. Abdullahi Mani Babba says:

    Number ten {10} it’s not for lazy man

    1. Maks says:

      sometimes brain can be lazy, delusional thinking that you are playing FIFA 2018.
      Ozil is not lazy.

  4. Innit says:

    If he can play the way he played in 2015-2016 with 19 assists, I will be more than happy. That was a brilliant season for him. After that he has been disappointing

    If i remember correctly, the summer of 2015 he worked with weights and strengthened his body. He should do the same thing and have some sense knocked into him to work harder

    1. gotanidea says:

      Can’t coz there is Miss Turkey at home

  5. Unai Emery says:

    Dont worry, He’ll come good this season trust me….

  6. Leeroysgooners says:

    He’s a joker ain’t got no time for the wasteman number 11 number 10 doesn’t make no difference the only reference I can make from the number change is when he plays its like having 10 men on the pitch hence his love for the number snm

  7. sunny says:

    If Toiirra Joins, we will have a good team which can challenge for top 4. There are still few players which I do not really like. Ozil, Xhaka and Iwobi… If they are so poor even in world cup, then I am not sure how they can improve next season. I hope they do…
    I still want Either one of Xhaka or Ozil to be replaced , we will still get good money, which can be utilized to buy Proper Winger
    We all know that we need a proper wingier, I am telling along with it we need a proper no 10 who can score 10 plus goals a season, Ozil even if in proper shooting position tries to pass the ball, a proper no 10 should see which one right, shoot or pass, Ozil seems one directional only.
    Unless Emery believes he can turn him into a proper no 10, I am bit worried with him in the team,
    another concern not sure he will press the opposition hard enough or not,

    1. gotanidea says:

      Yes, his passes and chances are predictable, hence no assist at World Cup and his statistics were way below the other playmakers in Premier League last season

      The difference between wearing no 10 or not is the no 10 jersey will sell more shirts. Like Beckham with his no 7 shirt

  8. RSH says:

    nope. Player needs a wake-up call. Needs to be dumped if he keeps delivering low quality performances.

    1. Maks says:

      He ll play well next season, specially if there will be no Ramsey in his way and in the way of our shots on goal.

  9. South african gunner says:

    There is no other player in the arsenal team that can unlock a defence like ozil can. The game against south korea he created 8 scoring chances in that game the most created at the world cup in a single game. Ozil needs to score more, defending he needs a system where he gets helped out at madrid mourinho had midfielders to do his job. Mourinho knew ozil was special hence he only wanted him on the ball not off it. If ozil is on form there is no playmaker in the world that can match him bar messi so i dnt know what arsenal fans want.

  10. snowden says:

    When the playing squad get a new coach, players raise their game. We have seen this happen at other clubs, so why not at Arsenal??

    As to favourite shirt number, when the shirt number meant the position on the pitch, then it had some positional significance as in No. 1 meant – goalkeeper and so on.

    Today the shirt number is more or less irrelevant to the playing position. The main purpose of the number is a means of identifying the player and if possible his position on the pitch.

  11. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

    Worryingly Ozil has already stated that it’s going to take him a long time to get over Germany’s elimination. Expect to see him looking interested at some point towards the end of March.

    1. Sue says:

      And by that he probably means all the abuse & blame that has been thrown his way!!!

      1. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

        He’s on 350k p/w Ffs. I wouldn’t worry much about abuses and stuffs if I was on that .

        1. Mobella says:

          Your proof please. You all just flow with rubbish put out their by the media and the popularity craving itks. If you actually know your club and do some thinking you will know arsenal can not increase their player wages by 200,000. In fact no club has done that in the history of football. I stand to be corrected.

        2. Ken1945 says:

          Then you have no pride in yourself and how others perceive you.
          By the way, where is the actual proof that Ozil is earning the money you quote?
          I haven’t seen anything official from the club or the player, just the normal hyped anti Arsenal tripe put out by the media and that some fans fall for time after time after time.

          1. Ken1945 says:

            That’s directed at Victoria Concordia Crescit

  12. Diana says:

    A lot of people might not believe this or agree with this, even without Emery, this season was going to be Ozil’s best. So much happened last season and in all honesty, Ozil wanted to leave-he just didnt get as much attention as Sanchez. Anyhow, it took him sometime to get over that. By the end of the season, if any of you cared to check, he had started finding Auba and Mykhi a bit more easily and the chemistry between them had improved immensely. Of course i expect Emery and his merticilous team to do more with him. Im actually excited about the potential of a revived Ozil. If people would also acknowledge, he had also started delivering on his defensive duties. Its just that too much was going wrong, we just wanted Wenger gone.

    This you can quote me on. This will be Ozil’s best season. And i tip him to challenge for EPL Player Of the season. Just get Torreira through the door.

    1. Lunga says:

      I agree with you here Diana, I also think Ozil is gonna have one of his best season under a new coach more especially if we sign Torreira.

  13. Victoria Concordia Crescit says:

    He’s only been insulted and blamed. there are players who receives death threats on them or their families which is so much more than Ozil is going through right now. he’s a spoilt brat and he believes he doesn’t have anything to prove anymore. he’s living on past glory.

    like how stubborn fans were willing to agree Wenger was past his best, same thing is happening towards Ozil . I say the faster we get rid of him , the better . but which club in Europe will be willing to match his 350k a week on top of transfer fees ? NOT MANCITY, NOT PSG , NOT MADRID. NOT ANY CLUB IN THE USA. MAYBE CHINA though (I’m sure we can all agree on this) and you all still call him world class ?

    1. Ken1945 says:

      So that’s all right then is it?
      As long as he doesn’t get death threats all’s right with the world?
      By the way Victoria Concordia Crescit, you’ve been asked numerous times and by various people where you got your£35000 a week information from?
      Care to divulge?

  14. Sean says:

    Ozil is still the best chance creator on the planet. Arsenal flopped this year as did Germany at the World Cup, Mesut was not at his best but Were me never had a system that aloud us to have Ozil covered as Madrid did when he played his best football with a goalscoring machine in Ronaldo in front of him…. Now he has Aubameyang & Lacazette to work with. If he replicates the form of 15/16 With 19assists then we have a monstrous front line, as long as the defensive issues are addressed & that’s exactly what’s happening.

    Under a new hard working, high pressing manager like Unai Emery, Ozil could well have a system that suits him to thrive in ATTACKING role not defending!
    442 Diamond;

    Auba Laca
    Ramsey Mhiki
    Kola Soy Sokratis Bellerin


    Auba Laca Mhiki
    Xhaka Torreira
    Kola Soy Sok Bellerin

    *That’s if we sign Soyuncu. If not I’d throw Mavraponas in there!!

  15. Phil says:

    Why are Ozils wages continually brought into the debate?The Club were at fault for allowing his contract to run down and giving the player the opportunity to dictate his own terms.
    So Ozil’s wages equate to £18m per year.Over his 3 year contract that is £54m in total.It would cost the club MORE than that to replace a player of his ability with wages on top.So why are his wages continually bought up?

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      His wages are continually brought up, because they’re are meant to reflect his level of performances for the club. Of course this happens with a lot with top earners at other clubs as well, where you don’t necessarily get the best performances from the highest earners. But criticism comes with the territory when you’re earning that much. Ozil consistently goes missing against quality teams, earns over 300k a week, and is meant to be our star player, so I think criticising him is fair.

      Of course I’m not blaming Ozil for his ridiculous contract. No other club (apart from maybe a Chinese club) would have been stupid enough to offer such high wages, so it wasn’t a surprise he signed.

      I hope Emery can get him performing in the big games from now on. Maybe it was all Wenger to blame, let’s see what happens.

      1. Mobella says:

        Do you believe arsenal can pay him that much.

      2. philip says:

        Alexis earns more than Ozil but has gone missing for Manchester United on several occasions so guys give Ozil a break he’s earned his wages.

      3. Maks says:

        I have an issue with Ramsey like you with Ozil.
        Why Ramsey is here at all?
        He had a good stat in the season where team performed the worst since I remember. Frak that.

    2. Mobella says:

      Please tell them again and again. I don’t know how it is just to blame a player for what he is presumably earning when he is not giving it to himself and when no one can prove it. It is really unbelievable how some people’s brain function. Comparing a constant attack and criticism of player by millions of people day in and day out for years to a random death treat that a player get for causing his team a trophy or qualification from a delusional and deranged fan who will not come close a yard of the player is laughable.

    3. Ken1945 says:

      Phil, take your point a step further and ask why anyone’s wages are brought up!
      The owner and board decided he was worth whatever he earns…..end of story.
      I just would love to know how personal salaries become public property anyway?
      Media led hysteria that is swallowed hook line and sinker by gullible fans who have a chip on their shoulder.
      Only my personal opinion of course

  16. jod says:

    I do find the discussion on Ozil amusing, he’s 29 and he is what he is, its too late for him to change. He’s got talent but is not the player you want when the going gets tough and you are in a battle. If you compare him to Luka Modric Luka has steel, Ozil doesn’t. Basically you are stuck with him whatever your views. You are now paying him so much no one will be interested in taking him off your hands even if you wanted to sell him.

    1. Jeremy says:

      It’s a ox vs horse debate.

      Everyone is different. Juan Sebastian Veron anyone?

  17. Rkw says:

    No he will play better if he is given a more roaming role and has the right players around him

  18. Jeremy says:

    Using a smart phone doesn’t make One smarter, isn’t it?

    He needs to uphold the legacy for No 10– Bergkamp. Can’t say the same for our new No 4. It’s just too painful to watch. Ouch…

  19. Kachi says:

    Please you all should leave my ozil alone… He is world class. All of a sudden he is not good enough. He just needs to work out more and improve show some support and love.

    1. Maks says:

      Yes, Ozil is great, maybe he has bad reputation among FIFA 2018 players but frak them.

  20. philip says:

    Poor Ozil , he creates loads of chances which are rarely taken by strikers then he gets slated. Again Ozil is not like a marathoner to run around for 90 mins, he’ll do short distances and creat e.

  21. ger burke says:

    any sign of leo guys ?. i would much prefer to read his raamblings than this stuff. bring back leo i say , can we start up a group to get him back . the only person with real transfer truths !!!.

  22. Badenglish says:

    Podolski was the number ten for Germanyfor 10 years. Özil has this Shirt since 2016. I believe that Özil has more time for Arsenal in the Future because Oliver Bierhoff (the strongest man in German National Team) sad today that it was an mistake to play this WC with Özil.

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