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Mesut Ozil confirms imminent Fenerbahce transfer & reveals squad number

Tom Gott
Jan 17, 2021, 5:01 PM GMT
Mesut Ozil is heading to Fenerbahce
Mesut Ozil is heading to Fenerbahce | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images
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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has confirmed that he is soon set to travel to Turkey to seal a move to Fenerbahce.

The Gunners have reached an agreement to terminate Ozil's contract six months earlier than scheduled, with Mikel Arteta keen to offload the exiled midfielder and his enormous wage packet.

Ozil has been completely exiled at Arsenal
Ozil has been completely exiled at Arsenal | Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

A move to Fenerbahce has long been seen as the most likely route away from the Emirates Stadium for Ozil, who has been flirting with the Turkish side on Twitter ever since news of his imminent move away from Arsenal came to light, and he has now confirmed the move on Turkish TV.

"I am so happy," he told NTV. "I'm a Fenerbahce fan. God wanted me to play football in Fenerbahce. I'm proud.

“I am coming tonight with my family to Istanbul, thank God who gave me the opportunity to represent this club. I will wear the shirt with pride."

Ozil will be in Turkey on Monday
Ozil will be in Turkey on Monday | Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images

Ozil is due in Istanbul shortly after midnight on Monday morning, when he will travel to Fenerbahce for a medical and put pen to paper on a contract which has already been agreed in principle with the German's represenatives.

Earlier on Sunday, Ozil took to Twitter to post the number '67', which is believed to be a reference to the shirt number he has chosen. According to Fanatik, he has gone with 67 because that is the beginning of the postcode of his hometown of Zonguldak.

It now seems like just a matter of time before Ozil's turbulent spell with Arsenal comes to a close. The highest-paid player in club history has not turned out for Mikel Arteta's side since March 2020, with the club's official line always being that the German is dealing with a back injury.

Ozil is now set to leave the Emirates with a total of 254 appearances for Arsenal under his belt, in which he bagged 44 goals and 77 assists to earn himself a reputation as one of the Premier League's most mesmeric creators.

Concerns about Ozil's work rate have dominated headlines for months and have only been amplified by his high wages, but Arsenal now appear set to confirm his departure and bring an end to all the off-field drama.

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