Arsenal confirm Mesut Özil move to Fenerbahçe
Here he goes
Arsenal have confirmed the sale of Mesut Özil to Fenerbahçe in a statement on their website.
The move has been all but confirmed for days now, after the club agreed to terminate his contract and let the player leave for free.
Arsenal's technical director Edu 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.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta 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.”
Özil himself 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.”
The statement added: "Everyone at Arsenal wish Mesut all the best for the future."
Thank you, @MesutOzil1088 ❤️
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 24, 2021
Özil's time at Arsenal started so beautifully, as he helped them win three FA Cups, but over the past four years, it has turned toxic and will leave everyone wondering what might have been.