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Mesut Ozil completes Fenerbahce transfer, officially says goodbye to Arsenal

Mesut Ozil has ended his seven-and-a-half year stay at Arsenal and completed a transfer move to Fenerbahce.

The German playmaker joined Arsenal in the summer of 2013 from Real Madrid and went on to make 254 appearances for the Gunners.

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Ozil was a key figure for Arsenal under former managers Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery and played a part in three FA Cup triumphs and the club’s run to the Europa League final in 2019.

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The 32-year-old has fallen out of favour since Mikel Arteta became manager, however, and was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads at the start of the season.

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Despite being excluded by Arteta, it was thought that Ozil would remain in north London until the summer but he and Arsenal recently reached an agreement to terminate his contract.

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That allowed the World Cup winner to join a new club immediately and Ozil was given permission to travel to Istanbul to agree a deal with Fenerbahce.

Ozil has made no secret of his desire to play for Fenerbahce, telling his social media followers last week: ‘I grew up as a Fenerbahce fan as a kid in Germany.

‘Every German-Turkish person supports a Turkish team when they grow up in Germany. And mine was Fenerbahce. They are like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country.

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‘There are two countries I want to play football in before I retire: Turkey and USA. If I went to Turkey, I could only go to Fenerbahce.’

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