Mesut Ozil leaves Arsenal, for Turkey

Mesut Ozil has broken up with Arsenal after more than 7 years to join the club he has always loved in Turkey, Fenerbahce.

Mesut Ozil’s time as an Arsenal player is considered to have ended after more than 7 years. The German midfielder, once costing the Gunners 42.5 million pounds – a club record in 2013 reached an agreement to terminate the contract, accepting “sacrificing” £ 7 million salary to go free and move on one of Turkey’s biggest clubs, Fenerbahce.

Mesut Ozil leaves Arsenal, for Turkey

Ozil and his small family on a plane to Istanbul to sign a contract with Fenerbahce

Arsenal has not confirmed the breakup with Ozil because he has to wait for him to complete the required procedures, including medical examination as well as signing a contract with Fenerbahce. The Turkish club sent a jet to London to bring the whole family of the former German international to Istanbul to sign. Expected, an official announcement will be made on Monday local time.

However, Ozil soon spoke up in quick comments with the Turkish media:

“I am NHM Fenerbahce since I was a child and that is why I am very happy to come to Turkey for the club. I’m so excited. God gave me, a Fenerbahce NHM, the opportunity to wear this shirt. That is the will of God. I will play with pride and dedicate everything I have to the team.

On personal Twitter, Ozil also posted a photo of his family on the plane with the Fenerbahce flag behind. The 32-year-old midfielder also implied that he would wear the number 67 shirt at the new club. According to German media explanation, this figure is related to Zonguldak, the native of his grandparents.

In his seven seasons of dedication to Arsenal, Ozil has 254 appearances in all competitions, with 237 starting appearances and a total of 20,813 minutes. The German midfielder scored 44 goals, 72 passes “clear the deck” for his teammates, and created 737 chances to eat. The one-time record contract with the Gunners won 4 FA Cups (season 2013/14, 2014/15, 2016/17, 2019/20), 2 British Super Cups (2016, 2020), once finished second in Europa. League (2018/19).

Before leaving, Ozil held a number of Premier League records such as the most assists in a calendar year (20), the longest assists (7), the number of opportunities created in a season. the most (146) or the most chances created in a game (12). He is also the German player to score (33) as well as assist (54) the most in the Premier League era.