Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal farewell plans emerge as Fenerbahce transfer nears

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will say goodbye to his Gunners team-mates today before jetting to Turkey to finalise a move to Fenerbahce.

The Gunners outcast is cutting his Emirates deal short, missing out on a further £7m between now and the end of the season.

Ozil has been exiled by Mikel Arteta this term, finding himself banished from the first-team and out of his manager's plans since March 2020.

The playmaker has decided he wants to play football again, helping push through the free transfer.

The Sun claim Ozil will say farewell to his co-stars this afternoon at the London Colney training ground as they prepare to take on Newcastle on Monday evening.

Ozil also posted footage of himself outside the Emirates on Saturday.

The 32-year-old has spent almost eight years at the club and has forged some strong relationships, with both staff and the fans.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media, with fans bemoaning the way Ozil's Arsenal stint has ended.

But the midfielder seems happy to be joining his boyhood club.

“I grew up as a Fenerbahce fan as a kid in Germany," Ozil tweeted last week.

“Fenerbahce is like Real Madrid in Spain. The biggest club in the country.”

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."

But diehard Arsenal fan Piers Morgan didn't share the same view.

“Loved @MesutOzil1088 when he first came to Arsenal,” tweeted the Good Morning Britain presenter.

“World class player with a sublime natural talent. Now I can’t wait to see the back of the lazy manipulative £350,000-a-week wastrel.

“You could have been a club legend, Mesut – but you just couldn’t be bothered. Bye.”

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