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There's One Surprising Factor Stopping Mesut Ozil Signing A New Arsenal Contract

There's One Surprising Factor Stopping Mesut Ozil Signing A New Arsenal Contract

There are a few reasons why you wouldn't sign a new contract with your current club and they'd be more than valid. Mesut Ozil apparently has picked one of life's more ridiculous reasons to not stay at Arsenal.

At the end of the season Mesut Ozil will be free to leave Arsenal for absolutely nothing, from January clubs from outside of England can offer him a contract to sign but the Gunners could decide to sell in that winter window anyway.

The German has been offered a new deal or two by the Gunners according to reports and so far it's widely considered that the major sticking point has been the money involved. Ozil, like Sanchez, is looking for around £350k-a-week.

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Ozil had a great game at the weekend but the rest of his season has been poor. Image: PA

But it's not just his want of more money and a reported desire to join Manchester United that is stopping the former Real Madrid man from putting pen to paper according to the Manchester Evening News.

The newspaper report that the big sticking point is apparently his desire to wear the number 10 shirt that Jack Wilshere has been in possession of since the German moved to north London.

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Speaking to Kicker back when Wilshere went on loan to Bournemouth and his time at Arsenal looked like it might be over the World Cup winner said, "Since Wilshere's departure last summer, the number is free, but I have yet to get it.

"[The No.10] has become free and I definitely want it."

That statement would add some credence to what could be seen as a quite ridiculous train of thought by the Manchester paper.

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Could anyone be that much of a baby that they want to leave over a number? Image: PA

What might help Ozil get what he wants is the fact that Wilshere is also out of contract at the end of the season so should he leave the number 10 would actually be free for him.

That said Wilshere's form could mean the Englishman is more likely to get a deal.

Topics: Manchester United, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Premier League, Arsenal

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