After seven-and-a-half years, Mesut Ozil‘s time as an Arsenal participant is coming to an finish after the exiled midfielder struck a verbal settlement to cancel the rest of his contract with the north London membership so as to signal for Fenerbahce.
Ozil is now on the cusp of finishing a free switch to the Turkish membership, and he flew out to Istanbul together with his household on the weekend so as to finalise the transfer.
As phrase of his impending switch started to flow into, the German modified the color scheme of his social media channels from the red-and-white of Arsenal to the yellow-and-blue of his potential new employers.
And thus, 10 months since his final aggressive look for the Gunners, the Ozil deadlock seems to be to have lastly been settled.
🔜 🇹🇷💛💙✈️ pic.twitter.com/WfFg5m1stp
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 17, 2021
“Our membership is bringing Mesut Ozil to Istanbul to proceed the switch processes,” Fenerbahce confirmed on social media, sharing a photograph of their new participant touching down on the airport.
Ozil himself additionally acknowledged that he’s “very excited” to be becoming a member of the membership he has supported since childhood, although added that he’s more likely to miss the primary few video games as he recovers his match health.
The 32-year-old arrived at Arsenal as a marquee signing from Actual Madrid in September 2013 in a switch value near £42.5 million.He went on to make 254 appearances, rating 44 targets and supply 77 assists whereas enjoying his half in three FA Cup wins for the membership and in addition serving to Germany win the World Cup in 2014. And but, one way or the other, he nonetheless managed to finish up frozen out of each Mikel Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads in 2020. It has been an erratic stint, to say the least.
Again in north London, earlier than Ozil had even put pen to paper on a contract at Fenerbahce, his former teammates on the Emirates had been already squabbling on social media over who ought to declare his soon-to-be-vacant No.10 shirt. Strike companions Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who at the moment wears the No.14 shirt) and Alexandre Lacazette (No.9) shared a joke on Instagram as they tussled for Ozil’s squad quantity.
Lacazette posted an image on his story of him coaching together with his shut good friend above the “Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man” meme and the caption: “While you each need the quantity 10.”
Aubameyang replied: “They stated they put it away… all yours my bro.”
Lacazette then sought to guarantee Ozil that he would do the quantity proud by including him to say: “It is going to be in excellent care.”
Ozil’s legacy at Arsenal has been the topic of a lot dialogue over the previous 12 months, most of which he has spent lowered to watching his group play on TV from the consolation of his sofa.
Whereas at his peak he was one of many world’s prime artistic midfielders, the latter a part of his Arsenal profession featured far too many large video games during which he was of little affect on the group, and his club-record £350,000-a-week wage turned symbolic of the mismanagement on the membership within the post-Arsene Wenger period.
Nonetheless, that hasn’t prevented Fener followers from getting excited, with over 1 / 4 of one million individuals eagerly following Ozil’s personal flight from London to Istanbul on Sunday.
That is a variety of very dedicated soccer followers. pic.twitter.com/xJzluw4nRo
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 17, 2021
It is unlucky then that, attributable to coronavirus restrictions, Ozil could not be granted the type of big welcome celebration that Turkish soccer followers have grow to be well-known for in recent times. So far as riotous arrival lounge fanfares for high-profile overseas signings go, the most recent was distinctly tame.
Nonetheless, we’re positive there might be loads of time for chanting, drums, fireworks and good old style adoration as quickly as Ozil is up and working once more in his beloved yellow-and-blue equipment.