18 Jan As Ozil leaves Arsenal, Aubameyang and Lacazette have already determined who inherits his No. 10 shirt
After seven-and-a-half years, Mesut Ozil’s time as an Arsenal participant is coming to an finish after the exiled midfielder struck a verbal settlement to cancel the rest of his contract with the north London membership with a purpose to signal for Fenerbahce.
Ozil is now on the cusp of finishing a free transfer to the Turkish membership, and he flew out to Istanbul together with his household on the weekend with a purpose to finalise the transfer.
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As phrase of his impending transfer started to flow into, the German changed the colour scheme of his social media channels from the red-and-white of Arsenal to the yellow-and-blue of his potential new employers.
And thus, 10 months since his final aggressive look for the Gunners, the Ozil deadlock seems to be to have lastly been settled.
🔜 🇹🇷💛💙✈️ pic.twitter.com/WfFg5m1stp
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 17, 2021
“Our membership is bringing Mesut Ozil to Istanbul to proceed the transfer processes,” Fenerbahce confirmed on social media, sharing a photograph of their new participant touching down on the airport.
Ozil himself additionally said that he’s “very excited” to be becoming a member of the membership he has supported since childhood, although added that he’s prone to miss the primary few video games as he recovers his match health.
The 32-year-old arrived at Arsenal as a marquee signing from Real Madrid in September 2013 in a transfer worth close to £42.5 million.He went on to make 254 appearances, score 44 goals and provide 77 assists while playing his part in three FA Cup wins for the club and also helping Germany win the World Cup in 2014. And yet, somehow, he still managed to end up frozen out of both Mikel Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads in 2020. It’s been an erratic stint, to say the least.
Back in north London, before Ozil had even put pen to paper on a contract at Fenerbahce, his former teammates at the Emirates were already squabbling on social media over who should claim his soon-to-be-vacant No.10 shirt. Strike partners Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who currently wears the No.14 shirt) and Alexandre Lacazette (No.9) shared a joke on Instagram as they tussled for Ozil’s squad number.
Lacazette posted a picture on his story of him training with his close friend above the “Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man” meme and the caption: “When you both want the number 10.”
Aubameyang replied: “They said they put it away… all yours my bro.”
Lacazette then sought to assure Ozil that he would do the number proud by adding him to say: “It will be in good care.”
Ozil’s legacy at Arsenal has been the subject of much discussion over the past year, most of which he has spent reduced to watching his team play on TV from the comfort of his couch.
While at his peak he was one of the world’s top creative midfielders, the latter part of his Arsenal career featured far too many big games in which he was of little influence on the team, and his club-record £350,000-a-week wage became symbolic of the mismanagement at the club in the post-Arsene Wenger era.
Still, that hasn’t prevented Fener fans from getting excited, with over a quarter of a million people eagerly following Ozil’s private flight from London to Istanbul on Sunday.
That is plenty of very dedicated football followers. pic.twitter.com/xJzluw4nRo
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 17, 2021
It is unlucky then that, because of coronavirus restrictions, Ozil could not be granted the form of large welcome celebration that Turkish football followers have turn out to be well-known for lately. So far as riotous arrival lounge fanfares for high-profile international signings go, the newest was distinctly tame.
Nonetheless, we’re certain there can be loads of time for chanting, drums, fireworks and good old school adoration as quickly as Ozil is up and working once more in his beloved yellow-and-blue equipment.