Turkish-German midfielder Mesut Ozil has officially confirmed his move to Fenerbahce, bringing to an end his seven-and-a-half year stay at Arsenal.
The 32-year-old who was signed by Arsene Wenger for a club record fee of £42million in 2013 didn't fit into plans of Gunners coach Mikel Arteta's and will now join Fenerbahce on a free transfer after his £350,000-a-week Gunners contract was mutually terminated. He had to forego a proportion of the £7m he is owed in wages so he can join Fenerbahce early.
Ozil has admitted he is 'very excited' to sign for the club in an interview with Turkish television channel NTV. 'I am a Fenerbahce fan. That is why I am very happy to be coming to Turkey with Fenerbahce,' Ozil said. 'I'm very excited. God gave me the chance to wear this jersey as a Fenerbahce fan. God willing, I will carry it with honour and do everything I can for the team,' he added.
'Of course, I'm missing a few matches. I haven't played in a match in a while, but I am physically fit, I have no issues,' he said, adding he had been training with the first team at Arsenal during his time off the pitch.
Ozil leaves Arsenal having played 254 matches for the club, scoring 44 goals and recording 77 assists in his seven and a half year stint in North London. He and won three FA Cups and Community Shield.