Fenerbahçe complete signing of £350,000-a-week Arsenal playmaker

Mesut Ozil has ended his seven-and-a-half-year stay at London giants and completed a transfer move to Fenerbahce. Former Germany international joined the Gunners in the summer of 2013 from Real Madrid and went on to play 254 matches for Arsenal.

Mesut was a crucial figure for the Gunners under ex-boss Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery and played a part in three FA Cup triumphs and the club’s run to the UEL final in 2019. Ozil has fallen out of favour since Spaniard became coach, however, and was left out of Gunners PL and UEL squads at the start of the campaign.

Despite being excluded by Mikel Arteta, it was thought that the 32-year-old would stay in Arsenal until the summer but he and Gunners recently reached an agreement to terminate his deal. That allowed the German attacker to join a new club immediately and he was given permission to travel to Istanbul to agree on a deal with Fenerbahce.

The World Cup-winning playmaker 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 the USA. If I went to Turkey, I could only go to Fenerbahce.’