Mesut Ozil has thanked Arsenal for the “amazing journey” they enjoyed together after his departure to Fenerbahce was confirmed.
Ozil said goodbye to his Arsenal team-mates a week ago and his move to Turkey has now been wrapped up. It ends his seven-and-a-half-year stay at the Emirates which included 254 appearances in all competitions.
He bagged 44 goals but it was his creativity that Gunners fans admired the most. Pinpoint passes and deft flicks set up scores of chances for his team-mates after arriving from Real Madrid in 2013.
There were always question marks over his work rate off the ball while his attitude came under scrutiny. But at his best, the former Germany midfielder was the first name on the team sheet.
Having been frozen out of the Emirates picture this term, he finally got his desired move to Turkey. And despite the cloud hanging over his final months in north London, he paid tribute to Arsenal.
“I’d like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the past seven and a half years,” he said. “The support I have felt from the team and fans during my time here has been truly incredible and something I will always be grateful for.
“Together we won trophies for the first time in years and created memories that will last a lifetime. The Arsenal fans will forever remain in my heart.”
And the former Werder Bremen schemer made special mention of the club’s technical director.