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Ozil confirms next club, reveal number.

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The highest-paid player in club history has not turned out for Mikel Arteta’s side since March 2020, with the club’s official line always being that the German is dealing with a back injury.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has confirmed that he is soon set to travel to Turkey to seal a move to Fenerbahce.

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The Gunners have reached an agreement to terminate Ozil’s contract six months earlier than scheduled, with Mikel Arteta keen to offload the exiled midfielder and his enormous wage packet.

A move to Fenerbahce has long been seen as the most likely route away from the Emirates Stadium for Ozil, who has been flirting with the Turkish side on Twitter ever since news of his imminent move away from Arsenal came to light, and he has now confirmed the move on Turkish TV.

“I am so happy,” he told NTV. “I’m a Fenerbahce fan. God wanted me to play football in Fenerbahce. I’m proud.

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“I am coming tonight with my family to Istanbul, thank God who gave me the opportunity to represent this club. I will wear the shirt with pride.”

Ozil is due in Istanbul shortly after midnight on Monday morning, when he will travel to Fenerbahce for a medical and put pen to paper on a contract which has already been agreed in principle with the German’s represenatives.

Earlier on Sunday, Ozil took to Twitter to post the number ’67’, which is believed to be a reference to the shirt number he has chosen. According to Fanatik, he has gone with 67 because that is the beginning of the postcode of his hometown of Zonguldak.

It now seems like just a matter of time before Ozil’s turbulent spell with Arsenal comes to a close.

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Ozil is now set to leave the Emirates with a total of 254 appearances for Arsenal under his belt, in which he bagged 44 goals and 77 assists to earn himself a reputation as one of the Premier League’s most mesmeric creators.

Concerns about Ozil’s work rate have dominated headlines for months and have only been amplified by his high wages, but Arsenal now appear set to confirm his departure and bring an end to all the off-field drama.

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Ozil ‘yet to be offered new contract with playmaker’s future looking uncertain’

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Mesut Ozil’s future at Arsenal is reportedly looking uncertain with the club yet to offer the playmaker an extension on his contract which expires in 2021.

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The 31-year-old has 20 months remaining on his contract at the Emirates, a deal which sees him earn £350,000-a-week.

The German was told he could leave last summer after falling out of favour under Unai Emery.

Ozil ultimately stayed put and regained his place in the side after new manager Mikel Arteta took charge in December.

However, he has just one goal and three assists to his name this term and ESPN claim the club’s hierarchy have not changed their stance.

They are yet to open talks over prolonging the World Cup winner’s stay in north London – heightening the possibility he could either leave either at the end of this season or on a free transfer once his existing deal expires.


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Ozil continues to divide the Arsenal’s Fanbase and his time is running out


January 2018 signalled a very alarming time for Arsenal with the futures of their two star players firmly up in the air.

Both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil’s contracts at the Emirates were set to expire that summer and as the days drew on, it appeared their time at the club was coming to an end – especially for the former.

Sanchez continued to be heavily linked with a move to either Manchester United or City as the Chile international seeked a fresh challenge and wages that Arsenal simply couldn’t compete with.

His departure seemed inevitable and it was sealed when United came calling for him – signing an eye-watering four-and-a-half-year deal worth £14m a year after tax with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving the other way.

Sanchez’s exit, however, was brushed quickly under the carpet as Arsenal smashed their transfer record for the £56million arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

But while the Gunners had sealed their marquee signing, fears were still looming over what next for German World Cup winner Ozil, who was brought to the Emirates from Real Madrid in a £42.5m deal in 2013.

How Arsenal fans were relishing the prospect of speed merchant Aubameyang linking up with creative maestro Ozil at the Emirates.

And the Arsenal faithful didn’t have to wait long at all to get their wish. Just hours later, Ozil had signed fresh terms on a new three-and-a-half year deal worth £350,000-per-week – becoming the club’s highest-paid player in history.

All the noise coming out of the Emirates was immensely positive but after splashing the cash on him, deep down the club knew it was finally time for Ozil to deliver the goods on a consistent basis after years of dividing the Arsenal fanbase.
Many argued Ozil was too weak and too lazy on the pitch, especially in the biggest games against their rivals, while many others thought his creative genius more than made up for his work rate.

But the fact is, if you are dividing the fans, your performances simply haven’t matched up to the levels expected of you.

He was signed by Arsene Wenger to help lead the club back to the glory days but that hadn’t come to fruition and Arsenal had in fact fallen further away from both the summit of English and European football.

This new deal offered Ozil the perfect chance to prove his doubters wrong, a second opportunity to right his wrongs and guide Arsenal back to the Champions League.

However, more than two years on and the Gunners simply haven’t moved forward, while Ozil continues to be a divisive name among the club’s supporters.

Instead now the arguments revolve around whether they should cut their losses – getting a huge chunk of their wage bill back to let Mikel Arteta continue his rebuild – or keep him.
Arsenal and Ozil’s dream has soured over the last two years, and arguably the German playmaker’s time in north London has become even more turbulent.

Following Germany’s shock group stage exit at the 2018 World Cup, the midfielder immediately announced his retirement from international football after coming in for heavy criticism from fans and media back home.

Ozil claimed to have been the subject of ‘racism and disrespect’ following his high-profile and controversial meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the World Cup.

He simply had enough: ‘The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.’

Many Arsenal fans were hoping he could now put all his focus on his club duties but things would soon unravel for the German in north London.

After legendary manager Wenger emotionally departed the club in the summer of 2018, Ozil would become the victim of Unai Emery trying to stamp his authority on his new team.

While Ozil had been made one of Emery’s ‘five captains’, the German didn’t last long in the Spaniard’s good books.

On many occasions, Ozil wasn’t even included in Emery’s matchday squads as he didn’t meet the Spaniard’s criteria.

There was no secret of Emery’s turbulent relationship with Ozil, and following his dismissal in November 2019, the Spanish manager hit out at the player by insisting he did not fit the style of the club.

‘There are games in which you see Mesut’s brilliance, linking with the attack,’ Emery told BBC Sport. ‘But also I had to find players around him so he felt comfortable.

‘Also the team needed to feel solid. And when you, little by little, have to build a team that is aggressive, intense, as well as structured for good pressure, we also had to find a space for Mesut.

‘Ozil is a very important player if you can find a way to make it work with other players. He has talent that allows other players to be better, but when you want a bit more aggressive pressure he does not have the best qualities for that.’

Emery’s words on one of the world’s most marketable players echoed the continuous arguments among Arsenal supporters. They have such a gifted player at their disposal, but his lack of physicality and work rate was going to prove his downfall in England.

And unfortunately this sums up Ozil’s time at Arsenal – underwhelming. He was meant to come in and change the club’s fortunes but he simply hasn’t performed at the level required.

For a while he has been linked with moves abroad amid criticism of his playing style. And sooner rather than later, the club might just decide his time is up as they seek a fresh start under Mikel Arteta, especially following news of his resistance to Arsenal’s efforts to implement a squad-wide 12.5 per cent pay-cut.

Arsenal on Monday announced ‘a voluntary agreement with our first-team players, head coach and core coaching staff’ to cut salaries for a 12 month period in their bid to tackle the financial fall-out of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, there are as many as three players who are still to be totally convinced of the necessity to take total pay deductions, rather than deferrals, with Ozil understood to be one of those.

And herein lies the problem of potentially offloading the German.

Ozil’s £350,000-per-week contract has hampered the Gunners in the long run from a financial point of view, paying well over the odds in a desperate measure to keep him at the club in 2018.

Arsenal are paying Champions League wages and more for Ozil on a Europa League budget, and the longer they stay away from Europe’s elite, the harder they will be hit financially. Can they keep justifying paying Ozil his chunky weekly wage?

But the Gunners will find it extremely hard to find a suitor willing to pay anywhere near that price for a player whose powers are dwindling. And will Ozil leave if he has to take a reduction in wage?

More than two years on from his bumper pay rise, and both Arsenal and Ozil seem to be back to square one again.

This time will the Gunners cut their losses, if they can, or will they stick by him to see if Arteta can finally unlock his genius at the Emirates?


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Mesut Ozil Admits Uncertainty Over Long-Term Future at Arsenal


Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has claimed that he ‘doesn’t know’ what the future holds and whether he will remain at the club.

Ozil has made 19 appearances for the north London side so far this campaign, but he is yet to score and has also only provided two assists. However, he has started 14 of the Gunners’ last 15 league games, becoming a regular fixture again under Mikel Arteta.

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Two Men Threatens To Kill Özil


Security Guard Claims Two Men ‘Threatened to Kill’ Mesut Ozil Outside His North London home…


Mesut Ozil’s security guard revealed that two men ‘threatened to kill’ the Arsenal star and his guards outside his in court on Tuesday.

Ozil and teammate Sead Kolasinac were caught up in an attempted carjacking the previous month in what was believed to be a separate incident.


However, on this occasion, Ferhat Ercan and Salaman Ekinci, both 27 and from Tottenham, were arrested by police following an altercation with Ozil’s security staff outside his Camden home. The two men were later charged with a public order offence.

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While Ozil himself was not present for the hearing, security guard Kemil Sezer told Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court that the two men threatened to kill the Arsenal man and the guards, while they also shouted expletives regarding the player’s mother.



“They swore in Turkish, saying ‘f*** your mothers, we’re going to f*** Mesut’s mother and we’re going to come back in five minutes and if security don’t go from here, we’re going to kill Mesut Ozil and kill you,'” Sezer said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“We started chasing them…we got angry because Mesut Ozil, about two to three weeks prior, was attacked and we feared that the same thing would happen.”


Sky Sports note that Sezer told the court that he and a colleague had been protecting the attacking midfielder after he was caught up in the now infamous carjacking incident which was caught on CCTV and widely shared on social media.

The security guard, who was assisted by a Turkish interpreter, further went on to state that he first saw the two men at around 7.30pm on 8 August last year, before they returned around three hours later when it was dark. When they returned a third time after midnight the security guards detained them and called the police.


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When asked how he felt by prosecutor Sarah Gabay, he replied: “Stressed…Mesut Ozil is loved by the Turkish people. We have that responsibility on us to protect him.”

Gabay, however, revealed that the two men denied using such language, instead claiming that they were attacked by the security guards. She said: “In interview both defendants denied using the language and said there had been no conversation between them and said they had been attacked by the security guards.”

Ekinci and Ercun deny one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress. The trial continues


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Ozil’s critics feud China to remove Arsenal vs Manchester city’s schedule from their TV.

Chinese State TV, CCTV, removed Sunday’s premiere league game between Manchester city and Arsenal from its schedule after Arsenal player, Mesut Ozil took to his Instagram and Twitter handles to criticize China for its alleged handling of Muslim Uighurs.

Uighurs are a minority sect in China who are majorly Muslims and about a million of them and other minorities have allegedly been detained and tortured in high-security camps, according to human-rights activists and the United Nations even though the Chinese government claim they are being de-radicalized from extremist terrorism tendencies there.

China state TV removed Arsenal-Manchester City Sunday game from its schedule after Mesut Ozil criticized China

China state TV removed Arsenal-Manchester City Sunday game from its schedule after Mesut Ozil criticized China

Ozil, a German-Turkish player with strong Islamic roots, Ozil condemned the alleged treatment of Uighur Muslims in China. He took to social media and wrote;

“Qurans are being burnt. Mosques are being shut down. Muslim schools are being banned. Religious scholars are being killed. Brothers are forcefully being sent to camps,”

“The Muslims are silent. Their voice is not heard,” he wrote on a background of a blue field with a white crescent moon, the flag of what Uighur separatists call East Turkestan.

“They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. They kill their holy men. The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men. The women are forced to marry Chinese men.

“But Muslims are silent. They won’t make a noise. They have abandoned them. Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?”

China state TV removed Arsenal-Manchester City Sunday game from its schedule after Mesut Ozil criticized China

CCTV, after seeing Ozil’s post, then decided to remove the game from its schedule and instead showed the already recorded game between Tottenham and Wolves.

China initially denied the camps existed but now describes them as vocational schools and the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said Özil’s comments were “unacceptable” and “hurt the feelings” of Chinese supporters.

“Özil’s comments are undoubtedly hurtful to the Chinese fans who closely follow him, and at the same time his comments also hurt the feelings of Chinese people. This is something we cannot accept,” government-backed news outlet The Paper reported, quoting an unnamed CFA official.

Arsenal meanwhile have distanced themselves from Ozil’s posts saying his posts were his personal and political belief and does not in any way represent the belief of the club.

“The content he expressed is entirely Ozil’s personal opinion,” the official account of Arsenal Football Club said on Saturday in a post on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform. “As a football club, Arsenal always adheres to the principle of not being involved in politics.”

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Freddie Ljungberg Organize First Training As Arsenal Coach.

Arsenal legend, Freddie Ljungberg, on Friday oversaw training of the Arsenal first team for the first time, hours after the club placed him as interim manager following the sack of Unai Emery on Friday morning.

Arsenal lost to Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night and the club decided it was time for a new manager following the club’s disastrous 7 games winless run.

See photos of Ljungberg preparing Arsenal players for the Sunday clash against Norwich below.

New Arsenal coach and legend, Freddie Ljungberg handles training for first time since Unai Emery

New Arsenal coach and legend, Freddie Ljungberg handles training for first time since Unai Emery

New Arsenal coach and legend, Freddie Ljungberg handles training for first time since Unai Emery

New Arsenal coach and legend, Freddie Ljungberg handles training for first time since Unai Emery

New Arsenal coach and legend, Freddie Ljungberg handles training for first time since Unai Emery

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