Mikel Arteta and Edu speak out after Mesut Ozil completes move from Arsenal to Fenerbahce

Mesut Ozil arrives in Istanbul to complete his move from Arsenal to Fenerbahce
Mesut Ozil will be on a salary of £13m at Fenerbahce (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta and Edu have thanked Mesut Ozil for his seven-and-a-half year service to Arsenal and wished the midfielder all the best at Fenerbahce.

The 32-year-old German won three FA Cups and scored 44 goals in 254 appearances for the Gunners across his stay in north London but was frozen out of Arteta’s plans for the season after being left out of the club’s Premier League and Europa League squads.

Though Ozil was initially keen to see out the remainder of his contract at the Emirates, the German put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year deal with Fenerbahce after flying out to Istanbul last week.

Mesut Ozil runs with the ball in Arsenal training
Ozil was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads (Picture: Getty)

‘Mesut’s achievements at Arsenal are undisputed. It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, coach him,’ Arsenal head coach Arteta told the club’s official website as Ozil’s move was officially announced on Sunday.

‘His creativity and vision led to many goals during his time in the Arsenal shirt.

‘Mesut was at the heart of many great moments for this club over the years, including those three FA Cup final wins.

‘These successes will always be part of our history. We thank Mesut and wish him all the best with Fenerbahce.’

Edu and Mikel Arteta celebrate with the FA Cup trophy
Edu and Arteta passed on their best wishes to Ozil (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal technical director Edu said: ‘We thank Mesut for his huge contribution to Arsenal.

‘He has made more than 250 appearances, played in three Emirates FA Cup final wins and has given the fans and everyone at the club many wonderful moments on the pitch since he joined us in 2013.  

‘We would like to thank Mesut and his team for their professionalism during our recent negotiations. I know everyone associated with Arsenal will join me in wishing Mesut and his family the best of health, success and happiness in the next chapter of his career.’

Ozil will reportedly be on a £13million salary in Turkey and Fenerbahce president Ali Koc has taken an unusual step by asking fans to help fund the playmaker’s eye-watering wages with a small donation.

‘We have a request for our fans. Please continue to support us, we are also dependent on your financial support,’ Koc said.

‘On the day of the signature, I will ask you to break a record. With an SMS campaign. 

‘Maybe 300,000, 500,000 or maybe even a million text messages come together. This support will do us very good.’ 

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