Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie, Jack Wilshere – you have to be good to wear the Arsenal no.10 shirt, but you also just need to be in the right place at the right time!
Former Gunners midfielder Wilshere – who is currently back training with his former club – wore the shirt number at the Emirates Stadium until he left in 2018 and recalled getting hold of it was easier than you might think.
Wilshere wore the No.10 shirt for nine years at Arsenal
He took it from Van Persie, who was a legend in north London before he signed for Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in 2012 and helped them to a Premier League title with his goals.
There would have been plenty of suitors for the vacant no.10 jersey, but when asked how he managed to get the number ahead of his teammates, Wilshere explained to talkSPORT how simple it was.
Van Persie was brilliant for the Gunners
“I asked for it,” he said in his slot as Drive co-host on Thursday afternoons.
Presenter Andy Goldstein then asked: “Who had it before you? [Dennis] Bergkamp, was it?”
“No, it was Van Persie,” Wilshere replied.
“There were rumours. It was awkward actually because there were rumours about him leaving for United.
Bergkamp legendarily wore the No.10 shirt toogetty
“I didn’t know what was happening and I didn’t know what was going on.
“But I went to see the manager and said, ‘Look, I’m not sure what’s happening with Robin and I don’t really want to know, that’s not why I’m coming here, but if he does go could I have the No.10?’
“He just said, ‘Yeah, of course’.”
If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
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