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Ozil won three FA Cups but leaves Arsenal without playing for nearly a YEAR… how did it get bad?

The saga that has hung over Arsenal and their fans for so long has finally come to a limp end.

Mesut Ozil was the marquee signing when he arrived from Real Madrid on Transfer Deadline Day in 2013 for a then club-record fee of £42.5million, but leaves the club for Fenerbahce – which was confirmed as he held up the scarf of the club he supported as a boy after arriving in Istanbul on Sunday night – rather meekly through the back door following a high-profile yet ugly ousting from the squad.

Despite criticism of his performances against the bigger clubs, the 2014 Germany World Cup winner’s first four years at the Gunners saw him lift three FA Cups and record the second-most Premier League assists in a single season in 2015/16, leading him to earn a new three-and-a-half-year deal worth £350,000 per week in January 2018.

Mesut Ozil poses with a Fenerbahce scarf after touching down in Istanbul on Sunday night

Ozil earlier shared a snap of him and his family on a plane with Fenerbahce flags behind him

Ozil earlier shared a snap of him and his family on a plane with Fenerbahce flags behind him

The Ozil saga at Arsenal is over with the midfielder departing to join Fenerbahce at last

The Ozil saga at Arsenal is over with the midfielder departing to join Fenerbahce at last

Ozil has strong links to Istanbul and Turkey and departs after more than seven years in London

Ozil has strong links to Istanbul and Turkey and departs after…