Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman reckons that Jack Wilshere will be delighted if Mesut Ozil leaves because the 25-year-old will get a chance in the first team again.

While on ITV recently, Osman pointed out that while everyone else cries over Ozil’s potential move to Manchester United, Wilshere will be quietly celebrating as he’s already ‘eyeing up’ the playmaker’s position.

“Jack Wilshere will be delighted,” said Osman.

“He’ll be eyeing that position already, even though he’s got Ozil to compete with.

“If Ozil’s out the door and Arsenal let him go for what looks like for free, it’s an opportunity for him.”

To be fair, the ex-Everton midfielder has a point. At the moment, while Ozil isn’t exactly undroppable in Arsene Wenger’s eyes, the Frenchman does prefer him to just about any other midfield option. Therefore, if he goes, it could be brilliant for Wilshere who’s gradually returning to his best.

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BELGRADE, SERBIA – OCTOBER 19: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in action during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Crvena Zvezda and Arsenal FC at Rajko Mitic Stadium on October 19, 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Wilshere made his fourth first team appearance on Thursday night in the Europa League against Red Star Belgrade and was once again incredibly exciting to watch.

Gooners everywhere want him to get a chance in the Premier League starting XI but the 25-year-old probably realises that this can’t happen with Ozil in the side. At least not behind the striker, which is where he played on Thursday evening.

Ozil’s being heavily linked with a move to Manchester United again with the latest reports claiming that he’s been telling his Arsenal teammates he’s off.

We’ll just have to wait and see. But Wilshere potentially getting more game time could be the silver lining. That’s if he decides to stay himself.