Mesut Ozil has completed a transfer to Fenerbahce after eight years at Arsenal.
The 32-year-old star has put pen to paper on a deal in Turkey, after turning down an approach from MLS outfit DC United.
Ozil vowed to see out his £350,000-a-week contract, which expires at the end of the season, but with no plans for Arteta to reinstate him to the first team for the second half of the campaign, the German has decided to quit the Emirates.
Arsenal and Ozil recently came to an agreement to terminate the German’s contract.
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This has seen the midfielder leave £7million – which he would have earned between now and the end of the season – on the table.
But it has also allowed him to end his Arsenal nightmare early.
Ozil said: “I’d like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the past seven-and-a-half years.
“The support I have felt from the team and fans during my time here has been truly incredible and something I will always be grateful for.
“Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime. The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart.
“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.”
Ozil will wear the number 67 at Fenerbahce, which is the postal code for Zonguldak in Turkey; the 31-year-old’s home town.
From next season onwards he will sport his trademark number 10.
Ozil joined Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal from Real Madrid back in 2013.
He was an important figure for Wenger and won three FA Cups under the Frenchman before he left his post in 2018.
Ozil fell down the pecking order at Arsenal after Unai Emery took the reins, before Arteta took charge in a boost for the German.
Ozil knows Arteta well and even played alongside him for Arsenal, and the Spaniard announced plans to build his Gunners team around the midfielder in his first press conference.
But Ozil quickly fell down the pecking order once again under Arteta, and featured sporadically for the Gunners last season.
Ozil was then left out of the Arsenal set-up altogether this campaign, attracting the attention of suitors from Turkey, Italy and the USA.
DC United held preliminary talks with Ozil this January over a transfer centred on expanding the German’s M10 brand in the US.
But Ozil has opted to move to Fenerbahce, the club he supported during childhood, instead.
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