Fenerbahce have officially announced the signing of Mesut Ozil as a free agent after a breakthrough in negotiations saw the playmaker agree a deal to terminate his contract with Arsenal last weekend.
The confirmation brings a close to Ozil’s seven-and-a-half-year spell in north London.
“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,” Arsenal Technical director Edu Gasper said.
On his part, Mesut thanked the club for an amazing journey over the past seven-and-a-half years, adding that he was grateful to Edu Gaspar for having brought about a professional and dignified solution regarding his transfer.
“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,” he said.
He revealed that the support he felt from the team and fans during his time at Arsenal has been truly incredible and something he will always be grateful for.
“Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime,” Mesut said.
He promised to be “a Gunner for life – adding that there was no doubt about that” and concluded his message by saying that the “connection with this amazing club will never fade. It might be goodbye for now, but it’s not goodbye forever.”
Ozil had initially been adamant that he would see out the end of his £350,000 a week contract, but was left out of Arsenal’s Premier League and Europa League squads since March 2020 and it was subsequently made clear that he would not be offered a route back into the first team.
The 32-year-old visited Arsenal’s London Colney training ground last Sunday to say final farewells to his teammates before flying to Istanbul that evening to begin his medicals.