17th January, 2021
Mesut Ozil made his final visit to the Emirates Stadium as an Arsenal player on Sunday before heading to Istanbul.
According to reports, the midfielder bid farewell to his Gunners teammates at London Colney and was allowed to travel to Turkey for a medical with Fenerbahce.
But before heading to Istanbul, Ozil conducted an interview with the Turkish media outside the Emirates Stadium where he had a message for the Fenerbahce supporters.
“I am coming tonight with my family to Istanbul,” Ozil said. “Thank God who gave me the opportunity to represent this club.
“I will wear the shirt with pride.”
Ozil signed for Arsenal from Real Madrid in a big-money move in 2013.
But he has often flattered to deceive for the Londoners, with coach Mikel Arteta not picking him since March.
His contract was due to run out in June and no details of the Fenerbahce deal have been announced.
He however told Turkey’s NTV that he was “very happy, very excited” to be signing for Fenerbahce.
Ozil, of Turkish descent, retired from Germany duty in 2018 after a furore over him being photographed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The 32-year-old had helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup, but his career has nosedived since.