Mesut Ozil states he will certainly be a “Gunner for life” after finishing his complimentary transfer from Arsenal to Fenerbahce.
The 32-year-old previous Germany midfielder has actually authorized a three-and-a-half-year handle the Turkish side.
He won 3 FA Cups with Arsenal and also racked up 44 objectives in 254 looks in all competitors for them, yet has actually not bet the first string considering that March.
“It is difficult for me to put into words the love I feel for the club and the fans,” Ozil claimed in an open letter.
“How could I possibly describe eight years of gratitude in a single letter?
“I will certainly be a Gunner forever – no question regarding that.”
He included: “Arsenal is a club of course and also eminence, something that I really felt each time I strolled on the pitch.
“Players, staff and management always come and go – but the club’s values and fans will remain forever.
“The concepts of course, regard and also self-respect have to never ever be failed to remember. It is the duty of each and every single individual from the club to make certain they execute their work for these worths.”
Highs and also lows of Ozil’s time at Arsenal
Ozil signed up with the Gunners from Real Madrid for £42.4m
He made 32 appearances in the 2014-15 season, despite missing three months with a knee injury, and won the FA Cup for a second year in a row.
In the following season he produced 19 assists in a single campaign, only one short of the Premier League record, now jointly held by Thierry Henry and Kevin de Bruyne. He also became the first player to create a goal in six consecutive matches and was named Arsenal’s player of the season.
But, in September 2017 Ozil was forced to defend his performances for the club and urged critical former players to “quit chatting and also begin sustaining”.
Ozil, a 2014 World Cup winner with Germany who retired from international football in July 2018, had fallen out of favour under previous Arsenal manager Unai Emery, before returning to the side under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.
After Mikel Arteta’s appointment in December 2019, Ozil started all 10 of Arsenal’s Premier League games immediately before the coronavirus pandemic forced a three-month suspension of the top flight in March – and did not play for the club again.
In October he was omitted from Arsenal’s 25-man squads for both the Europa League and Premier League.
“The previous couple of months have not been the simplest. Like every gamer, I wish to play every min of football for my group,” Ozil claimed.
“In life nevertheless, points do not constantly play out exactly how we anticipate or desire them to.
“But it is important to look for the positives in life and not the negative, which is why I try to live with no regrets and holding no grudges.”
‘Ozil’s accomplishments are undeniable’
In Arsenal’s declaration introducing his separation, Ozil commemorated the Gunners’ technological supervisor Edu, thanking him for “helping bring about a professional and dignified solution”.
Edu claimed: “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.”
Manager Arteta, that played together with Ozil till 2016, claimed his accomplishments at the club are “undisputed”.
“It was a privilege to play alongside him and, more recently, coach him,” claimed Arteta. “His creativity and vision led to many goals during his time in the Arsenal shirt.
“Mesut went to the heart of several wonderful minutes for this club for many years, consisting of those 3 FA Cup last success. These successes will certainly constantly become part of our background.”
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