Martin Keown sad at how Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career has ended

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has admitted Mesut Ozil 's impending departure from the club is "really sad", with the playmaker expected join Turkish side Fenerbahce on a free transfer this month.

Ozil has been frozen out by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, having been omitted from the club's Premier League and Europa League squads at the start of the season, and the latest reports claim the player and the club have reached an agreement to terminate his contract.

The 32-year-old is expected to jet to Istanbul to finalise the move in the coming days and Keown believes it is sad that Ozil's time at the Emirates is set to end this way.

Speaking to the BBC, Keown said: "I find it really sad that a player of that ability has not been able to finish his career in the right way at Arsenal football club.

"You cannot drop when you have got that technical ability and the vision he has as a player. What’s happening that you drop so much? It has to be about the way you are applying yourself.

"And if he wasn’t doing that properly on the training ground, the manager has to make a change. The football club now needs to look to the future and these youngsters bring so much promise.

"So we can afford to let the Ozils go if they are not going to really give it everything for the football club."

Keown had previously slammed Ozil for not making the most of his talent, telling talkSPORT : "It hurts me that a player of that talent can’t get on the football pitch, it’s a crying shame.

"For me, he doesn’t go down as a legend, because he doesn’t match the energy and determination of legends that I’ve seen at that football club.

"If he had Tierney’s determination, coupled with that ability, he might’ve gone down as the best player ever to play for Arsenal.

"He’s become calculated in the way that he’s undermining the club with tweets, and I think it’s now time to go."

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