Mesut Ozil’s time at Arsenal is about to finally come to an end, with the playmaker on the brink of signing for Fenerbahce.
Ozil will officially join the Turkish side within the next 24 hours after saying goodbye to his Arsenal team-mates and flying to Istanbul to complete a medical on Sunday night.
The 32-year-old agreed to terminate his £350,000 per week contract with the Gunners early in order to join Fenerbahce on a free transfer.
Having been frozen out of Mikel Arteta’s side since March, his saga is now nearly at an end.
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With his seven-and-a-half year stint in north London about to draw to a close, football.london takes a look at his highs and lows at Arsenal.
Ozil arrived at the Emirates Stadium on deadline day in September 2013 after Arsenal broke with their frugal instincts and agreed to stump up £42.5million – then the third highest fee in British football – for a 24-year-old midfielder with extreme talent.
Arsenal fans had grown used to what they saw as their side’s lack of ambition in the transfer window and Ozil’s arrival signalled an exciting change of tack. It proved that the club could attract world-class players and their new star did not disappoint.
Ozil produced the first of many Gunners assists in a 3-1 win at Sunderland, setting up Olivier Giroud to score as Arsenal went top of the Premier League.
The season had started with a 3-1 defeat by Aston Villa, but things looked rosier as soon as Ozil touched down. Arsene Wenger’s side held top spot for all but one matchday between September and March in the 2013/14 season before they faded to finish fourth.
FA Cup winners
Arsenal’s Premier League title challenge ultimately ended up as a failure, but Ozil’s first season in English football was rewarded with silverware.