One of the reasons Mesut Ozil is refusing to sign a new contract at Arsenal

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The future of Mesut Ozil at Arsenal is very uncertain.

The midfielder’s contract expires at the end of next season and he’s still yet to sign a new deal at the Emirates.

It means that he can sign a pre-contract in January and will be able to join any club for free at the end of the season.

There has even been talk of him joining Premier League rivals Manchester United and a spectacular reunion with Jose Mourinho.

But is there a chance of Ozil actually staying at Arsenal after this season?

Well, the Manchester Evening News have produced a report that reveals a few interesting things.

Firstly, they claim “Manchester United have not made a move for Mesut Ozil - but are one of three clubs the Germany star would be willing to leave Arsenal for.”

The other two clubs Ozil is willing to join are Barcelona and Real Madrid.

But the report admits that Arsenal are still holding out hope of securing a new deal for Ozil.

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Two reasons Ozil is stalling on a new contract

However, there’s two things the World-Cup winner wants before he puts pen-to-paper on a new deal in north London.

One of those things, rather unsurprisingly, concerns money. Ozil is currently on £154,000-a-week and wants that increased by 30% to £202,000-a-week to make him one of the Premier League's highest earners.

But the second reason Ozil is considering leaving Arsenal is just ridiculous.

It’s believed a “sticking point” to Ozil’s new contract is the fact he wants to wear the club’s No.10 shirt. Jack Wilshere has worn that number ever since Ozil arrived in 2013 and he the former Real Madrid star is demanding it.

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Before you scoff and suggest Manchester Evening News are chatting rubbish, Ozil’s previous comments suggest it might actually be true.

When Wilshere left on loan to Bournemouth last season, Ozil - who has worn the number 11 throughout his Arsenal career - admitted that he is eyeing that number 10 jersey.

"Since Wilshere’s departure last summer, the number is free, but I have yet to get it," he told Kicker.

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

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It seems so childish that a factor for Ozil refusing to sign a new contract is the number on the back of his shirt.

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