Mesut Ozil leaves Arsenal and completes Fenerbahce transfer

German midfielder Mesut Ozil posing with a Fenerbahce SK scarf
Mesut Ozil has left Arsenal and joined Turkish club Fenerbahce (Picture: AFP / Getty)

Mesut Ozil has ended his seven-and-a-half year stay at Arsenal and completed a transfer move to Fenerbahce.

The German playmaker joined Arsenal in the summer of 2013 from Real Madrid and went on to make 254 appearances for the Gunners.

Ozil was a key figure for Arsenal under former managers Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery and played a part in three FA Cup triumphs and the club’s run to the Europa League final in 2019.

German midfielder Mesut Ozil wawing on a privet jet upon his arrival at Ataturk International Airport
Ozil said goodbye to his Arsenal teammates and flew to Istanbul on Sunday (Picture: AFP)

The 32-year-old has fallen out of favour since Mikel Arteta became manager, however, and was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads at the start of the season.

Despite being excluded by Arteta, it was thought that Ozil would remain in north London until the summer but he and Arsenal recently reached an agreement to terminate his contract.

That allowed the World Cup winner to join a new club immediately and Ozil was given permission to travel to Istanbul to agree a deal with Fenerbahce.

Ozil played more than 250 games for the Gunners
Ozil played more than 250 games for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)

Ozil has made no secret of his desire to play for Fenerbahce, telling his social media followers last week: ‘I grew up as a Fenerbahce fan as a kid in Germany.

‘Every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany. And mine was Fenerbahce. They are like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country.

‘There are two countries I want to play football in before I retire: Turkey and USA. If I went to Turkey, I could only go to Fenerbahce.’

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