Alexandre Lacazette looks poised to take Mesut Ozil’s No 10 shirt after captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped aside for his fellow striker at Arsenal.
The Super Lig club posted photographs of Ozil boarding a plane and tweeted: “Our club is bringing Mesut Ozil to Istanbul to continue the transfer processes.”
The playmaker is ending a tumultuous spell with the Gunners after seven-and-a-half years. It emerged on Saturday that Arsenal had reached an agreement to pay up the remaining six months of his deal.
It is understood the 32-year-old was at the club’s London Colney training ground on Sunday morning to bid his farewells to his Arsenal teammates.
But no sooner had he departed, a ‘quarrel’ broke out on social media over his soon-to-be-vacant No 10 shirt.
Ozil joined the club in 2013 and took the shirt number from Jack Wilshere in 2018.
Despite the lack of luck the last two occupiers have had, it remains a popular shirt at Arsenal.
Indeed, when it became apparent Ozil was departing, Aubayemang made clear his desire to take the number.
However, Lacazette also spoke out on Instagram to make it clear that he too wanted Ozil’s shirt.
Aludding to the fact that Aubameyang is also desperate for the shirt, Lacazette uploaded a split photo of himself and his strike partner alongside a Spiderman meme. Lacazette captioned the post: ‘When you both want the number 10’.
While all good natured, Aubameyang soon calmed the situation by making a fine gesture. Indeed, the Arsenal skipper told Lacazette he would step aside and let him take the No 10 jersey.
‘They said they put it away 😂😂😂😂’ said Aubameyang. ‘All yours my bro.’
Ozil grateful to Fenerbahce
Ozil, meanwhile, has spoken to Turkish TV of his excitment at his imminent move to Fenerbahce.
“I’ve always said I support Fenerbahce and I’m very happy to come here.
“I am very happy, I am excited.
“God has let me wear this jersey and I will do my best,” he told NTV.