Mesut Ozil Joins Turkish Side Fenerbahce from Arsenal
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has joined Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce on a three-and-a-half-year deal, Arsenal announced on Sunday.
Ozil scored 44 goals in 254 appearances and won Four FA Cups for Arsenal. The German was also named as the club’s ‘Player of the Season‘ in the 2015/2016 campaign.
🔴 254 appearances
⚽️ 44 goals
🅰️ 71 assists
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 24, 2021
However, Ozil had been frozen out of Mikel Arteta’s squad in recent months with his final appearance coming in March last year.
A move away from North London has seemed inevitable since the 32-year-old was omitted from Arsenal’s 25-man squads for the Europa League and the Premier League.
“I’d like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the past seven-and-a-half years,” Ozil, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, said in a statement. “Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime.”
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 24, 2021
Since taking charge of Arsenal, Arteta has shown he can be ruthless towards players as he has appeared content leaving Ozil, a World Cup winner with Germany and reportedly one of the club’s highest earners, out of the team.
Ozil joins Fenerbahce, one of Istanbul’s three big club who currently sit third on the table with Galatasaray in second place while Besiktas tops the table.