Mesut Ozil has travelled to Istanbul to finalise his transfer to Fenerbahce
The Arsenal playmaker reported goodbye to his teammates at the club’s London Colney coaching ground in advance of his shift to Turkey.
The German turned down a rewarding go to MLS aspect DC United after becoming supplied a a few-and-a-fifty percent-year deal by the Turkish aspect, who he supported as a boy.
A temporary Fenerbahce assertion mentioned: “Our club is bringing Mesut Özil to Istanbul to continue on the transfer processes.”
The 32-calendar year-old has not featured for the Gunners since last March and manager Mikel Arteta remaining him out of his 25-male squad for the Leading League and the Europa League this season.
Ozil was because of to acquire a lot more than £7million in wages just before his £350,000-a-week deal expired in June – and it is recognized the German required each and every penny.
Arsenal, determined for a summary to the saga, last but not least agreed a spend-off so Ozil can leave as a free of charge agent this thirty day period, alternatively than see out the remainder of his contract on the sidelines.
Before on Sunday he tweeted the variety 67 in emojis, suggesting that’s the jersey he’ll use with the Turkish side.
The German splits impression, from individuals who contemplate him a target of the full saga to people who see him as much more of a mercenary.
Martin Keown, the former defender who manufactured 449 appearances for Arsenal, was one particular of the first to counsel the latter, but he has hardly ever doubted Ozil’s mercurial talent.
“It hurts me that a player of that talent cannot get on the soccer pitch, it is a crying disgrace,” Keown advised White and Jordan on talkSPORT.
“For me, he does not go down as a legend, simply because he doesn’t match the electricity and perseverance of legends that I have noticed at that soccer club.
“If he experienced Tierney’s resolve, coupled with that means, he might’ve long gone down as the greatest player ever to perform for Arsenal.”