Ozil completes Fenerbahce move

ARSENAL, JAN 24 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 1/24/2021 10:36:30 AM IST

Mesut Ozil has signed for Fenerbahce on a free transfer to close the book on his eight-year spell at Arsenal.

Goal reported last week that Ozil had been given permission to travel to Istanbul to undergo a medical with Fenerbahce.
The Gunners agreed to terminate the midfielder’s £350,000-a-week contract at Emirates Stadium six months early, and he has now completed a move to the club he supported as a boy. MLS outfit D.C. United had also been strongly linked with Ozil, but he ultimately decided that Fenerbahce was the right place to continue his career, with the Turkish giants confirming his arrival on Sunday.
Ozil could be in line to make his debut when Fenerbahce take in a trip Sivasspor in the Super Lig on Thursday, but should that fixture come too soon, he will likely feature in a home fixture against Kayserispor four days later instead.
The 32-year-old will be charged with helping Erol Bulut’s side secure the club’s first title since 2013-14, with only three points separating them and current league leaders Galatasaray.
He may well need some time to settle into his new surroundings and rediscover his best form, though, having spent the best part of 11 months on the sidelines in north London. Mikel Arteta opted to omit Ozil from his plans following Arsenal’s return to competitive action post-coronavirus lockdown last June, and he didn’t make a single first-team appearance in the first half of their latest campaign.
The former Germany international publicly expressed his frustration after being left out of Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads in October, writing on Twitter and Instagram: “As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays”.
“I’ve always tried to remain positive from week to week that there’s maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That’s why I kept silent.

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