Mesut Ozil has travelled to Istanbul to finalise his transfer to Fenerbahce
The Arsenal playmaker explained goodbye to his teammates at the club’s London Colney training ground ahead of his go to Turkey.
The German turned down a lucrative transfer to MLS side DC United following becoming made available a three-and-a-50 percent-12 months deal by the Turkish side, who he supported as a boy.
A brief Fenerbahce assertion explained: “Our club is bringing Mesut Özil to Istanbul to go on the transfer procedures.”
The 32-calendar year-old has not featured for the Gunners since last March and supervisor Mikel Arteta left him out of his 25-gentleman squad for the Leading League and the Europa League this period.
Ozil was owing to acquire more than £7million in wages just before his £350,000-a-7 days offer expired in June – and it is recognized the German required just about every penny.
Arsenal, determined for a conclusion to the saga, eventually agreed a spend-off so Ozil can leave as a totally free agent this thirty day period, rather than see out the remainder of his deal on the sidelines.
Earlier on Sunday he tweeted the range 67 in emojis, suggesting that’s the jersey he’ll don with the Turkish side.
The German splits feeling, from these who look at him a victim of the complete saga to these who see him as extra of a mercenary.
Martin Keown, the previous defender who manufactured 449 appearances for Arsenal, was a person of the initially to advise the latter, but he has under no circumstances doubted Ozil’s mercurial talent.
“It hurts me that a player of that talent just can’t get on the soccer pitch, it’s a crying shame,” Keown informed White and Jordan on talkSPORT.
“For me, he does not go down as a legend, due to the fact he does not match the electricity and willpower of legends that I’ve seen at that football club.
“If he had Tierney’s willpower, coupled with that ability, he might’ve absent down as the greatest player at any time to engage in for Arsenal.”