Mesut Ozil has left Arsenal to join Fenerbahce.
Ozil, 32, spent seven and a half years at Arsenal after joining Real Madrid in 2013 for a record club fee of £ 42.5m and won the FA Cup three times. He also helped the club reach the Carabao Cup final in 2018 and the Europa League final in 2019, in addition to making 184 Premier League appearances.
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said: “Mesut’s success at Arsenal is undisputed. It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, to train him. His creativity and vision go carry many goals during his stay in the Arsenal shirt.
“Mesut was the heart of many great moments for this club over the years, including the final three FA Cup victories. These achievements will always be part of our history. We thank Mesut and wish him all the best with Fenerbahce “.
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Despite being Arsenal’s highest paid player with a £ 350,000-a-week contract, Ozil saw his playing time under Arteta limited and was not included in the Premier League squad. and the Europa League 2020-21.
Ozil said: “I would like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the last seven and a half years. The support I have felt from the team and the fans during my time here has been really amazing and something that I will always be grateful.Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime.
“Arsenal fans will remain in my heart forever. I want to thank Edu Gaspar for helping to achieve a professional and dignified solution in recent days and I wish everyone the best in the club in their attempt to continue to bring Arsenal back at the top, where we belong “.
The 2014 World Cup winner started Arteta’s first 10 Premier League games after replacing Unai Emery as head of Arsenal in December 2019, but has not been considered since he refused to reduce 12.5% of pay along with most first team staff after not receiving information on how the money would be spent.
His last appearance at Arsenal was the 1-0 win over West Ham on 7 March.
Since then, Ozil has donated more to help London charities, including the social project “Ozil’s Warmer Winters”, which aimed to provide 50,000 healthy meals and 10,000 gift packages to people in need during Christmas.
His first three years at the club saw his best form, equaling Thierry Henry’s record of 19 assists in the Premier League in 2015-16.
Ozil, who was in the final six months of his contract with Arsenal, was also linked with a move to MLS’s DC United as well as clubs in Asia and Qatar.