Mesut Ozil says he can be a “Gunner for all times” after finishing his free switch from Arsenal to Fenerbahce.
The 32-year-old former Germany midfielder has signed a three-and-a-half-year take care of the Turkish facet.
He gained three FA Cups with Arsenal and scored 44 targets in 254 appearances in all competitions for them, however has not performed for the primary crew since March.
“It’s troublesome for me to place into phrases the love I really feel for the membership and the followers,” Ozil stated in an open letter.
“How might I probably describe eight years of gratitude in a single letter?
“I can be a Gunner for all times – little doubt about that.”
He added: “Arsenal is a membership of sophistication and status, one thing that I felt each time I walked on to the pitch.
“Gamers, workers and administration all the time come and go – however the membership’s values and followers will stay ceaselessly.
“The rules of sophistication, respect and dignity must not ever be forgotten. It’s the accountability of each single particular person from the membership to ensure they perform their job within the identify of those values.”
Highs and lows of Ozil’s time at Arsenal
Ozil joined the Gunners from Real Madrid for £42.4m in 2013 – then a membership file switch price – and made a formidable begin as they gained the FA Cup in his first season to finish a nine-year watch for a trophy.
He made 32 appearances within the 2014-15 season, regardless of lacking three months with a knee harm, and gained the FA Cup for a second 12 months in a row.
Within the following season he produced 19 assists in a single marketing campaign, just one wanting the Premier League file, now collectively held by Thierry Henry and Kevin de Bruyne. He additionally turned the primary participant to create a aim in six consecutive matches and was named Arsenal’s participant of the season.
However, in September 2017 Ozil was compelled to defend his performances for the membership and urged important former gamers to “cease speaking and begin supporting”.
He turned the highest-paid participant within the membership’s historical past in January 2018, signing a new three-and-a-half-year deal giving him about £350,000 every week earlier than tax, however refused to take a pay reduce final summer time, with no soccer being performed and Arsenal seeking to stability the books.
Ozil, a 2014 World Cup winner with Germany who retired from worldwide soccer in July 2018, had fallen out of favour underneath earlier Arsenal supervisor Unai Emery, earlier than returning to the facet underneath interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.
After Mikel Arteta’s appointment in December 2019, Ozil began all 10 of Arsenal’s Premier League video games instantly earlier than the coronavirus pandemic compelled a three-month suspension of the highest flight in March – and didn’t play for the membership once more.
In October he was omitted from Arsenal’s 25-man squads for each the Europa League and Premier League.
“The previous few months have not been the simplest. Like each participant, I wish to play each minute of soccer for my crew,” Ozil stated.
“In life nonetheless, issues don’t all the time play out how we count on or need them to.
“However it is very important search for the positives in life and never the unfavourable, which is why I attempt to reside with no regrets and holding no grudges.”
‘Ozil’s achievements are undisputed’
In Arsenal’s assertion asserting his departure, Ozil paid tribute to the Gunners’ technical director Edu, thanking him for “serving to carry a couple of skilled and dignified answer”.
Edu stated: “We want to thank Mesut and his crew for his or her professionalism throughout our latest negotiations. I do know everybody related to Arsenal will be a part of me in wishing Mesut and his household the most effective of well being, success and happiness within the subsequent chapter of his profession.”
Supervisor Arteta, who performed alongside Ozil till 2016, stated his achievements on the membership are “undisputed”.
“It was a privilege to play alongside him and, extra not too long ago, coach him,” stated Arteta. “His creativity and imaginative and prescient led to many targets throughout his time within the Arsenal shirt.
“Mesut was on the coronary heart of many nice moments for this membership over time, together with these three FA Cup last wins. These successes will all the time be a part of our historical past.”
In the meantime, Fenerbahce have referred to as on supporters to help them fund Ozil’s contract, with the membership reportedly £450m in debt.
They’ve reportedly arrange a textual content message service by which followers can donate cash.