Mesut Ozil has completed his permanent move to Fenerbahce after completing his medicals and paperwork in Turkey. Ozil had recently admitted his desire to play for the Turkish giants during his Q&A session with fans on Twitter.
Although Ozil wanted to see out remainder of his contract at Arsenal, his agent and Arsenal held discussions to terminate the contract on a mutual agreement. The former Real Madrid man spent nearly 7.5 years with the North London club, and helped the Gunners win 3 FA Cups in his first four years. The crafty midfielder made over 250 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, scoring 44 goals and making 71 assists.
Arsenal’s Technical director Edu thanked Ozil for his contribution and 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.”
Mikel Arteta lauded Ozil’s achievements and said “Mesut’s achievements at Arsenal are undisputed. It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, coach him. 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.”
Ozil thanked Arsenal and the Gunners fans, and said “I’d like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the past seven-and-a-half years. The support I have felt from the team and fans during my time here has been truly incredible and something I will always be grateful for. Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime. The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart. I’d like to thank Edu Gaspar for helping bring about a professional and dignified solution in the past few days, and I wish everyone at the club the best in their attempt to continue to bring Arsenal back to the top, where we belong.”
Ozil penned a lengthy and emotional message to Arsenal fans through Twiiter.
Fenerbahce confirmed the transfer on Twitter.