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Is Jack Wilshere making room for a new number 10?


Wilshere and Messi meet in battle.

Wilshere and Messi meet in battle

Has Jack sacrificed his No.10 jersey in order to accommodate a certain special someone?

With fan favourite Lukas Podolski struggling for game time last season at Arsenal, Turkish Giants Galatasary jumped at the opportunity to acquire his services.

Podolski is missed among most Arsenal fans. His departure left some fans frustrated and confused, and it also left behind a vacant number nine shirt.

In a strange turn of events, Jack Wilshere can be seen wearing the number nine in his most recent online Arsenal appearance. A sudden change from his usual number 10.

Jack Wilshere wears the No.9 in online interview.

Jack Wilshere wears the No.9 in online interview.

Now, it’s unheard of for squad numbers to be changed in mid-season, and most of us can put it down to a mix up in the changing room and the kit man receiving his P45 tomorrow morning.

But is it enough to entice further speculation surrounding a potentially vacant number 10 shirt? Probably not.

Arsenal have been linked to Lionel Messi recently, which most of us shrug off without really dwelling on. Most of us also are aware that Messi does wear the number 10 shirt.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal on a penalty kick during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Levante UD at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on September 20, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi has been linked to Arsenal in previous seasons. n

Can we put two and two together and laugh in the face of Sherlock Holmes? Have Arsenal taken Jack’s number 10 shirt away from him in order to accommodate THE Lionel Messi? Or is it a slow day here at the office?

This isn’t the first time Lionel Messi has been linked to Arsenal. With reports that Barcelona’s number 10 had asked Cesc Fábregas whether or not Arsenal is a good place to go.

It’s more than likely that a summer swoop won’t be made by Arsenal, and as always the story is over blown.

Maybe Jack’s inability to recognize his own squad number will prove to enhance rumors, and leave Arsenal fans clutching at straws to find any substance for these reports.

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