Arsenal take decision on player to inherit Ozil’s no 10 shirt

It appears Arsenal have handed Emile Smith Rowe their iconic number 10 shirt for the 2021/2022 season, the UK Metro reports.

The shirt has been worn by the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Paul Merson and, most recently, Mesut Ozil.

Smith Rowe, 20, became a regular face in Mikel Arteta’s first team last season, making 33 appearances in all competitions.

A fan snapped a photo with the player while the first team were training in Edinburgh and he was sporting a tracksuit jacket with the number 10 on the front.

The squad numbers for the 2021/22 season are yet to be confirmed by Arsenal, but this appears a huge clue that Smith Rowe has ditched his previous number 34.

The shirt number has been vacant since Ozil left the Emirates in January.

Smith Rowe taking the number 10 appears to end speculation linking him with a move to Aston Villa, after the Midland club saw two bids rejected.

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