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Mesut Ozil’s imminent Arsenal exit has been delayed as he undergoes a period of quarantine in Istanbul.
The World Cup winning midfielder fell out of favour under Unai Emery and failed to prove that he could be an asset to the first-team following the arrival of Mikel Arteta.
The 32-year-old, who has close connections to Turkey and grew up as a supporter of Fenerbahce, is all set to leave north London six months before his contract expires.
However, there is one final delay in the official conformation as Ozil takes part in an enforced quarantine to stay in line with Turkey's Covid-19 protocols.
Following that period of precautionary isolation the former Real Madrid man, who has traveled with his wife Amine Gulse and their daughter, is set to undergo a medical on Friday report Sky Sports.
"I am a Fenerbahce fan," Ozil told NTV earlier this week. "That is why I am very happy to be coming to Turkey with Fenerbahce. 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."
Arteta has said of the playmaker this week: "Mesut is in Turkey going through the medical that has to be completed.
“There is still some paperwork that has to be done but it doesn't matter – Mesut's quality will be missed.
"He's a very special player who has a big history in this football club and if he ends up doing the deal when it happens I will give my clear opinion on that."
With former boss Arsene Wenger telling talkSPORT : "I'm sure that he's frustrated at not having played. His hunger must be absolutely (enormous) to play football again.
"Mesut is a guy who needs a warm environment and I believe he will find that more than anywhere else in Turkey.
"Overall, he can provide the balls that the strikers need to win football games. If they do that well, they have a good chance of winning the league.
"If his basic fitness in training is good, it will only take him three or four games to be at his best."
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