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Mesut Ozil announced as Fenerbahce player as torrid Arsenal spell comes to end

Mesut Ozil’s torrid time at Arsenal is officially over after joining Fenerbahce.

The Turkish club have started releasing footage of the player after he jetted into the country in recent days.

In the latest video the club shared on Twitter, Ozil says “I’ve always been a Fenerbahce fan.”

The 32-year-old agreed to terminate his contract with the Gunners and was seen arriving in his new country earlier this week.

Ozil was owed £7m in wages before the end of the season, but agreed to take less of his money in order to secure a January exit.

He joins a Fenerbahce outfit in a rich vein of form, with the side three points off the top of the Super Lig table having won all of their last four matches.

Mesut Ozil arrived in Turkey to complete his move earlier this week
Mesut Ozil arrived in Turkey to complete his move earlier this week

It is expected that Ozil will wear the No.67 shirt for his new side.

The date of his debut is yet to be confirmed, but he could play in in Thursday’s clash with Sivasspor, if deemed fit enough.

His move brings an end to a seven-and-a-half year spell at the Emirates, with Ozil having struggled in recent months.

He was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squad this season and has not featured under Mikel Arteta since March.

A World Cup winner, Ozil had flourished originally under Arsene Wenger before finding life tough when the Frenchman left in 2018.

Though Wenger believes Ozil can shine in Turkey, saying: “Well first of all I would say you have the pleasure to announce a transfer like that in a period where you will not have many transfers.

“And he will certainly be the biggest transfer of the January transfer window, because the world of football is a bit quiet.

Mesut Ozil is expected to have taken a huge pay cut by leaving Arsenal
Mesut Ozil is expected to have taken a huge pay cut by leaving Arsenal
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“But overall it’s fantastic news for Fenerbahce, who are in a strong position in the league, and I think he can be the piece of the puzzle that will make them even more of a threat to win the Turkish league.

“I had never had a conversation [with him] about Fenerbahce before because I wanted to keep Mesut Ozil at Arsenal!

“But I could always feel a strong Turkish link because I met the family, I met his agent, I met his father when I signed him.

“You could see that there is a strong attachment to Turkey and a big interest in the Turkish league.”

Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal stay is finally over

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Ozil is expected to have taken a huge pay cut by leaving Arsenal with his Fenerbahce deal reportedly worth £3.5m a year.

And his now former boss admits Ozil will be missed at the Gunners, with Arteta having said: “There is still some paperwork that has to be done but it doesn’t matter – Mesut’s quality will be missed.

“He’s a very special player who has a big history in this football club and if he ends up doing the deal when it happens I will give my clear opinion on that.”

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